Common sleeping pill may reduce ‘toxic’ proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease

  • About 32 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Most scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a buildup of amyloid and tau proteins in the brain.
  • Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found people in a small study who took an insomnia medication experienced a drop in both Alzheimer’s-related proteins.

By Corrie Pelc — Fact checked by Jill Seladi-Schulman, Ph.D. — Updated on August 28, 2023

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