Alzheimer’s Pill Fights Nerve Toxins, Study Says

From Times Wire Reports

A pill for Alzheimer’s disease that slows brain damage may also protect against nerve gases and pesticides, U.S. researchers reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The drug, marketed as Reminyl and Razadyne, protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides.

“This simple and safe antidotal therapy could be added to the arsenal of medications carried by all military members and first responders,” said Dr. Edson X. Albuquerque of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.