Researchers from Yale University found the missing link that leads to Alzheimer's disease, according to a press release on Sept. 4. They found a certain protein is the missing link and can be blocked with a certain drug. The treatment was used effectively in mice which restored the memory depleted by brain damage from medical conditions mimicking Alzheimer's disease.
Due to medical breakthroughs and improved sanitary conditions, life expectancy has risen to 81 years for women and 76 years for men, on average. This increased longevity may be a factor in the diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease along with improved medical detections by trained professionals.
The looming anxiety of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or having to be a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is on the upswing. The concern may have a negative effect on individuals' mental health resulting in a decreased quality of life.
The new research is lauded giving Alzheimer's victims and their caregivers hope that an effective treatment plan could be on the horizon.
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