Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alzheimer's Culprit—could be tau?

This information is appearing in difficult to understand science journals, but here’s a fairly easy to understand “translation.”

Abnormal tau protein collecting in the brain may be the main cause of Alzheimer's disease, a new study claims.

Another protein called amyloid accumulates as Alzheimer's progresses, but is not the primary culprit behind the devastating memory loss that is the hallmark of the disease, Mayo Clinic researchers report.

They said their findings suggest that targeting tau should be the new focus of efforts to find treatments for Alzheimer's.

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