Alzheimer's Disease: Scientists Report Research Advances
Amato, Ivan, Science News
Alzheimer's disease: Scientists report research advances
Medical scientists cannot tell you the cause of nor administer a cure for Alzheimer's disease, which slowly erodes the minds of 5 to 10 percent of people over 65. But there was excitement and optimism at an Alzheimer's disease research forum held last week in Washington, D.C., at the 16th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. In an unscheduled, last-minute presentation, Dmitry Goldgaber of the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS) reported the isolation, localization and characterization of a protein and gene possibly associated with the illness. Also notable was the disclosure by two scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx of their discovery of what may be the first accurate diagnostic indicator of Alzheimer's.
In time, these and other research findings reported at the forum could lead to an understanding of the causes of the disease, which affects an estimated 2.5 million elderly people in the United States at an …
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Publication information: Article title: Alzheimer's Disease: Scientists Report Research Advances. Contributors: Amato, Ivan - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 130. Publication date: November 22, 1986. Page number: 327. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1986 Gale Group.
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