Battling Alzheimer's, By Joe


Who knew that drinking five cups of coffee a day could improve your memory? Researchers at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute say their study on genetically-altered mice shows daily intake of caffeine can slow - and even reverse - the effects of the disease.

Now, researchers are testing their theory on humans.

Participants in their study will be given caffeine tablets and measure the levels of a protein that is blamed for attacking neurons on the brain. It could lead to a cheap and readily-available treatment for Alzheimer's, which affects nearly five million Americans.

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