Alzheimer's disease & dementia

New drug targets early instigator of Alzheimer's disease

Over a hundred years after they were first identified, two ominous signposts of Alzheimer's disease (AD) remain central topics of research—both formed by sticky accumulations of protein in the brain. Amyloid beta solidifies ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, with most efforts at finding a cure focused on these abnormal structures. But a University of ...

Neuroscience

Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer's

Beta-amyloid plaques, the protein aggregates that form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, disrupt many brain functions and can kill neurons. They can also damage the blood-brain barrier—the normally tight border that ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Blood tests for Alzheimer's: Why new studies are encouraging

Many people who have problems with their memory, especially if they are elderly, worry that they have Alzheimer's disease, which afflicts at least 5.5 million people in the U.S. and brings tremendous burdens to families as ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Modified protein can prevent Alzheimer's disease in mice

The amyloid precursor protein has always been vilified as a major cause of Alzheimer's disease. One of its fragments, the amyloid-beta peptide, can break off and accumulate in the brain, giving rise to the puffy white globs ...

Neuroscience

A precise look at Alzheimer's proteins

A substance known as amyloid beta protein gets a lot of attention from scientists. Beta amyloid, as it's also called, is a normal brain protein found in everyone, but for an unknown reason it gunks up in the brains of patients ...

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