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May 2, 2014
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Are We Closer to a Cure?

Today's Caregiver Alzheimer's Mini-Mag

A growing neuroscience research effort is underway to develop a new generation of more effective treatments. They have identified 5 major hallmark Alzheimer's brain abnormalities currently being studied.

  • Plaques, microscopic clumps of a protein called beta-amyloid peptide

  • Tangles, twisted microscopic strands of the protein tau (rhymes with "wow")

  • Loss of connections among brain cells responsible for memory, learning and communication

  • Inflammation resulting from the brain's effort to fend off the lethal effects of the other changes under way

  • Eventual death of brain cells and severe tissue shrinkage
    Source ALZ.org

The two major factors holding back progress in understanding the causes and finding breakthrough treatments for the disease are:

  • Insufficient funding to pursue research and develop viable treatments

  • The lack of volunteers signing up for clinical trials

Read Today’s Caregiver’s special Alzheimer’s Mini-Mag
to find out more about Tau—one of the hallmark brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Plus more articles about caregiving and dementia.


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