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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 6 -- Without any fanfare or intention, the use of some drugs for high blood pressure may be silently protecting against Alzheimer's disease, suggest in vitro and animal studies presented here today.

"Conceptually, our studies suggest that people on treatment for hypertension might get a beneficial effect on beta-amyloid (accumulation in the brain)," according to Gulio Maria Pasinetti, M.D., Ph.D., of the Mount Sinai in New York. He reported at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting.

It's known that people with cardiovascular disease are at higher risk of dementia, but some epidemiological and clinical studies have suggested that treatment with anti-hypertension drugs reduces the risk.

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