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Newsbriefs Ginkgo extract may help Alzheimer's An extract from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree can stabilize and even improve dementia for up to one year, according to a recent report in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers in New York and Boston found the extract stabilized or improved cognitive function and social behavior in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease or multi-infarct dementia, a form of vascular dementia, for six months to one year. "Various extracts of Ginkgo biloba have been used in Chinese medicine since ancient times as an herbal rem- edy for asthma and related respiratory ailments and for disorders of the brain," says Dr. Pierre L. LeBars, exec- utive director of the New York Institute for Medical Research in Tarrytown, New York. According to LeBars, herbal treatments are more widely accepted by physicians in Europe than in the United States. In Europe, the Gingko biloba extract called EGb 761 is used to treat a range of cognitive dis- orders. It has recently been approved in Germany for the treatment of dementia. Although the mechanism of how it works remains unclear, the extract contains a number of compounds with antioxidant http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias SAGE

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Newsbriefs Ginkgo extract may help Alzheimer's An extract from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree can stabilize and even improve dementia for up to one year, according to a recent report in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers in New York and Boston found the extract stabilized or improved cognitive function and social behavior in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease or multi-infarct dementia, a form of vascular dementia, for six months to one year. "Various extracts of Ginkgo biloba have been used in Chinese medicine since ancient times as an herbal rem- edy for asthma and related respiratory ailments and for disorders of the brain," says Dr. Pierre L. LeBars, exec- utive director of the New York Institute for Medical Research in Tarrytown, New York. According to LeBars, herbal treatments are more widely accepted by physicians in Europe than in the United States. In Europe, the Gingko biloba extract called EGb 761 is used to treat a range of cognitive dis- orders. It has recently been approved in Germany for the treatment of dementia. Although the mechanism of how it works remains unclear, the extract contains a number of compounds with antioxidant
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