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Desmond Bellamy (Letters April 3) would be interested to know that one can actually genetically modify and then breed mice to get Alzheimer’s Disease.

Aspirin was able to improve learning in aged rats, but not in young rats. A variety of studies found aspirin helped improve memory in people with Alzheimer’s, unfortunately many studies also failed to show aspirin improved memory in aged people, so the results were mixed. Aspirin is not very safe to take because it can sometimes cause bleeding and elderly people who take ‘blood thinners’ are not supposed to take aspirin because of bleeding risks.

A quote from a study of 702 Swedish people with a mean age of 83.9 years: ‘Users of high-dose aspirin had significantly lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s dementia and better-maintained cognitive function than non-users’ which was also confirmed by the pilot study called Randomized Clinical Trial of Daily Aspirin Therapy in Multi‐Infarct Dementia.


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