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Funding approved for Alzheimer’s trial

Long-awaited federal funding has been approved for a first-of-its-kind, Boston-­led study to test whether drugs can hold off ­Alzheimer’s disease in people who have no symptoms of the illness, but who have an abnormal protein in their brains believed to be a marker of the disease.

The National Institutes of Health announced Monday that the clinical trial, to be led by Dr. Reisa Sperling, an Alzheimer’s specialist at Brigham and ­Women’s Hospital, is one of four that will be funded this year to find treatments for the disease.

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