Memories Can’t Wait

Memories Can’t Wait

Researchers rethink the role of amyloid in causing Alzheimer’s

By Laura Sanders, 11:25 AM February 24, 2011

The polite term for what Alzheimer’s disease does to the brain is “neurodegeneration.”

In reality, it’s more like violent, indiscriminate devastation. Alzheimer’s scrambles communication channels, incites massive inflammation and demolishes entire brain regions as once plump cells shrivel and die, burying memories in the wreckage. As the attack intensifies, Alzheimer’s gradually strips away a person’s mind, and ultimately the cognitive abilities that permit a conversation with a loved one,...

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