Hypertension drugs could prevent memory loss in lupus patients, study suggests

Researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that the activation of brain cells called microglia likely contributes to the memory loss and other cognitive impairments suffered by many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The study, which will be published September 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that ACE inhibitors--a class of drugs commonly used to treat hypertension--can block this process in mice and might therefore be used to preserve the memory of lupus patients.

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