ATLANTA (WAOK) – A new study says taking certain types of blood pressure medication could help people get significant relief from Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Officials with the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation in Ireland tell “NBC News” Alzheimer’s patients who were taking a type of drug called an ACE inhibitor ended up losing their memory and other thinking abilities at a rate between 20 and 30 percent slower than those not taking the blood pressure medication. Officials say such blood pressure medication is available generically and very inexpensive. The study’s authors would like to do further tests with a larger pool of people.
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday.(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)