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Many Mysteries as Alzheimer's Epidemic Looms
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 1:18 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Mother Nature Network) - Alzheimer's disease causes two-thirds of dementia cases and finding a cure has never been more pressing as the world's population grows and ages.

More than 100 years after it was first discovered Alzheimer's remains one of medicine's greatest challenges as it robs ever more people of their memory and independence.


Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson stopped tests of eagerly-anticipated therapies that failed in clinical trials. On September 6, French researchers announced that the plant extract ginko biloba, widely marketed as a natural Alzheimer's remedy, did not actually prevent dementia.

Researchers say they still do not know quite what to make of the plaques and tangles that doctor Alois Alzheimer first spotted in the brain of a dementia patient who died in 1906.

Today, the sole drugs in our arsenal treat some symptoms but are powerless to slow the progression of Alzheimer's. The disease is a particularly complicated one to crack, due in part to the fact that its effect on humans is it is nearly impossible to replicate in lab animals; its slow progression and , according to Eric Karran at the Alzheimer's Research UK, "The disease seems to be present in people's brains maybe 15 years prior to... suffering symptoms."


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