The Real Cause of Alzheimer's Revealed

Posted on April 6, 2015

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Amyloid, a toxic protein frequently linked to Alzheimer's may not be the key cause of the disease after all.

The tau protein normally helps stabilise the brain's structure.

The fight against Alzheimer’s should be focused on the tau protein from now on, the researchers think.The researchers found that it was the tau protein, not amyloid, that predicted the onset of cognitive decline
Our study shows that the accumulation of amyloid has a strong relationship with a decline in cognition.

Dr Murray says " When you account for the severity of tau pathology, however, the relationship between amyloid and cognition disappears - which indicates tau is the driver of Alzheimer’s,".

For more information about the study, click the link.

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