Pitt researchers find some hope in Alzheimer’s studies

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the conditions that Americans are most afraid they will get, second only to cancer. Yet at least a generation of focused research has gone by without an effective treatment or sure advice on how to prevent it.

University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s researchers are among those leading studies and while huge challenges still exist in making progress, they see hope in recent reports.

The new research is examining both treatment and prevention, using the latest technology of imaging a person’s brain. In addition to the changes in the way a person thinks, Alzheimer’s is associated with physical changes, including beta amyloid plaque and tau protein “tangles” in the brain.

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