Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Two Proteins Scrutinized in Alzheimer's Research

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Two Proteins Scrutinized in Alzheimer's Research

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Dear Doctor K: Is there anything new on the horizon for treatment of Alzheimer's disease?

Dear Reader: Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, alone. And that number is expected to more than double by 2050. I spoke to my colleague Gad Marshall about advances in Alzheimer's treatment. He is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Medical research has discovered that two proteins found in the brain are important in causing Alzheimer's disease. The first is called amyloid-beta. This protein clumps together to form plaques in the brain. These plaques have long been recognized as a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Unfortunately, drugs and vaccines that target amyloid-beta have not so far proved very effective. …

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