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Pharmaceuticals

Drug cocktail shows promise in fighting Alzheimer's

Japanese researchers used stem cells to test hundreds of existing drugs

In vitro drug screening with regrown brain tissue could uncover new Alzheimer's treatments.

OSAKA -- Scientists in Japan may have found a new drug combination for treating Alzheimer's disease after testing more than a thousand existing medicines on tissue grown from patients' stem cells.

The research builds on Japanese advances in induced pluripotent stem cells -- adult cells reprogrammed into an embryolike state from which they can give rise to any body tissue.

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