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Arthritis drug may help people living with dementia

A drug brought to light by Hippocrates in the 5th century BC could help restore memory in Alzheimer's patients, scientists hope.

Salsalate, which comes from the same family as aspirin, was typically used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

But a new study suggests it can prevent the build-up of toxic proteins in the brain and even reverse damage already done, unblocking pathways and restoring memory.

Read more on the New Zealand Herald website.