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Alzheimer's symptom relief?

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LONDON: Blood plasma taken from young people and given to those with Alzheimer's could alleviate symptoms.

A study found that so-called "vampire transfusions" may help those with dementia regain capacity to perform basic tasks.

Researchers at Stanford University in the US gave 18 older people, with Alzheimer's disease, the blood plasma of 18- to 30-year-olds.

After participants received transfusions, they were said to have improved in being able to do everyday tasks.

Principal investigator Dr Sharon Sha said: "Our enthusiasm over findings needs to be tempered by the fact this was a small trial."

Dr Carol Routledge, director of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "We need to see much larger studies before we can tell if this approach could help people living with Alzheimer's." - Daily Mail

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