Are We Closer to a Cure?
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
Eventual death of brain cells and
severe tissue shrinkage
The two major factors holding back progress in
understanding the causes and finding breakthrough treatments for
the disease are:
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