Alzheimer’s disease caused by decline in amyloid-beta : Study
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Science & Technology
6th Oct, 2022
New research supports the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a decline in levels of a protein called amyloid-beta.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
- It is the most common type of dementia.
- The disease was discovered after Dr Alios Alzheimer examined a memory-loss patient’s brain after her death in 1906 and found abnormal clumps (beta-amyloid plaque) and bundles of fibres (neurofibrillary tangles).
- It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.
- It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
- It can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
- There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment addresses several areas-
- Helping people maintain brain health.
- Managing behavioural symptoms.
- Slowing or delaying symptoms of the disease.