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Scientists propose a new theory for the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1085
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Alzheimer's disease may be caused by inflammatory processes associated with ageing and not, as generally believed, by plaque-like deposits in the brain, a new study has found.

    Scientists from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, said that their findings could open new avenues of exploring ways to treat or even cure the disease. Although they still laid the blame for Alzheimer's disease on a molecule called amyloid beta, they traced the basic cause of the disease to the formation of toxic proteins rather than to …

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