Binswanger's Disease

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What is the prognosis for Binswanger's disease?

Binswanger's disease is a progressive disease; there is no cure. Changes may be sudden or gradual and then progress in a stepwise manner. Binswanger's disease can often coexist with Alzheimer's disease. Behaviors that slow the progression of high blood pressure, diabetes, and atherosclerosis -- such as eating a healthy diet and keeping healthy wake/sleep schedules, exercising, and not smoking or drinking too much alcohol -- can also slow the progression of Binswanger's disease.

What research is being done on Binswanger's disease?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts research related to Binswanger's disease in its laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and also supports additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on finding better ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure neurological disorders, such as Binswanger's disease.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (www.ninds.nih.gov)

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