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Dementia drug 'keeps patients out of nursing homes'

idea.nottingham.ac.uk image: model of a brainA common Alzheimer's drug that is often withdrawn by the NHS in later stages of the disease can halve the chances of patients needing to be moved into nursing homes, a study suggests.

Donepezil is used to slow the decline of people with mild to moderate dementia. But it tends not to be given to patients in the late stage of the disease, because of a lack of evidence that it helps. However the study of 295 people led by University College London experts, has produced evidence that challenges that.

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