Alzheimer’s Disease

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A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, in a retirement home corridor. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, in a retirement home corridor. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

Every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer’s Disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of the top 10 causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s Disease is the only cause of death with no known treatment or cure.

The cause of Alzheimer’s Disease is a mystery as well, but a leading suspect is the protein beta-amyloid that accumulates and appears to cause brain cell death. The combination of degenerating brain cells and the amyloid forms plaque.

A medicine to stop the amyloid buildup would be welcome, but today, U.C. Berkeley researchers say they have potentially identified a simpler approach. Continue reading