Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Discovery sheds light on Alzheimer's mystery

(Medical Xpress)—In 1906, when Alois Alzheimer discovered the neurodegenerative disease that would later be named for him, he saw amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles inside the brain. Several decades later, ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

'Natural' protection against Alzheimer’s disease

deCODE Genetics, together with their colleagues from the pharmaceutical company Genentech, reported today in the journal Nature the discovery of a variant of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene that confers protection ...

Neuroscience

Characterizing a toxic offender

The brains of individuals with Alzheimer's disease contain protein aggregates called plaques and tangles, which interfere with normal communication between nerve cells and cause progressive learning and memory deficits. Now, ...

Medical research

Road block as a new strategy for the treatment of Alzheimer's

Blocking a transport pathway through the brain cells offers new prospects to prevent the development of Alzheimer's. Wim Annaert and colleagues of VIB and K.U. Leuven discovered that two main agents involved in the inception ...

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