New Research Shows Promise For Preventing The Onset Of Alzheimer's

May 29, 2015 By Houston Barber
Brand new research has recently been put into practice at Georgetown University that aims to point out and prevent Alzheimer's in patients years before they start showing symptoms. Doctors involved in the experiment are scanning healthy brains with brand new imaging technology. They are looking for the protein tau, which, alongside amyloid buildup in the brain, can be a predictive sign of Alzheimer's and dementia, according to a 2014 study. The current experiment is known as the A4 Study and aims for 1,000 healthy seniors to volunteer to have their brains scanned.

Today, over 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's, a number which is expected to grow much higher in the coming years. In current medical practice, there is little that can be done to point out and prevent Alzheimer's. However, the experiment at Georgetown is making waves in the scientific community and may completely alter the way Alzheimer's is diagnosed and treated.
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