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Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted Sep 11 2011 11:44pm
Alzheimer’s disease disrupts critical metabolic processes that keep neurons healthy.

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These disruptions cause nerve cells in the brain to stop working, lose connections with other nerve cells, and finally die. The destruction and death of nerve cells causes the memory failure, personality changes, problems in carrying out daily activities, and other features of the disease.

The brains of people with AD have an abundance of two abnormal structures—amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles—that are made of
misfolded proteins.

This is especially true in certain regions of the brain that are important in memory.

The third main feature of AD is the loss of connections between cells. This leads to diminished cell function and cell death

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Also Alzheimer's Disease Unraveling the Mystery (PDF)

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room

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