Dr. Tariot explains the possible causes of Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that causes brain cells to die, reduces the number of connections between brain cells so the brain essentially becomes inefficient, and it results in a characteristic accumulation of misprocessed proteins in clumps that are called plaques and tangles.
We don’t know the first cause, but what I like saying about what we know about the causes of Alzheimer’s is that it’s like a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, and the smart guys in the labs have filled in most of the border. So we know quite a lot about it, which is why there are so many promising targets in development for treatment.
About Dr. Tariot:
Dr. Pierre Tariot is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. He has devoted his career to helping thousands of patients and families cope with dementia. He is also a world leader in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.
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