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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. In most people with AD, symptoms first appear after age 60. AD is the most common cause of dementia among older people, but it is not a normal part of aging. Dementia refers to a decline in cognitive function that interferes with daily life and activities. AD starts in a region of the brain that affects recent memory, then gradually spreads to other parts of the brain. Although treatment can slow the progression of AD and help manage its symptoms in some people, currently there is no cure for this devastating disease.

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Study uses mouse models to identify the likely cause of Alzheimer's disease

Study uses mouse models to identify the likely cause of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers develop novel cell reprogramming strategy to slow down glioblastomas

Researchers develop novel cell reprogramming strategy to slow down glioblastomas

Scientists use stem cells to investigate the genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

Scientists use stem cells to investigate the genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

NYU Tandon professors show broad therapeutic potential of novel peptide to combat multiple diseases

NYU Tandon professors show broad therapeutic potential of novel peptide to combat multiple diseases

New mouse line reveals the state of proteostasis in mammalian brain for the first time

New mouse line reveals the state of proteostasis in mammalian brain for the first time

Study reveals how 3D space is represented in the mammalian cortex by the brain's 'GPS'

Study reveals how 3D space is represented in the mammalian cortex by the brain's 'GPS'

Muscle protein tied to physical fitness in youth and age-associated diseases

Muscle protein tied to physical fitness in youth and age-associated diseases

New insights on an enzyme complex involved in plaque production

New insights on an enzyme complex involved in plaque production

Children with rare genetic disorder experience dramatic improvements in a gene therapy trial

Children with rare genetic disorder experience dramatic improvements in a gene therapy trial

Misfolded tau proteins cause progressive degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Misfolded tau proteins cause progressive degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Brain study provides new insights on dementia

Brain study provides new insights on dementia

Study reveals the first look of brains retrieving faulty memories

Study reveals the first look of brains retrieving faulty memories

Developing computational tools to illuminate how genetic factors impact the brain

Developing computational tools to illuminate how genetic factors impact the brain

Single biomarker in the blood can accurately indicate underlying neurodegeneration

Single biomarker in the blood can accurately indicate underlying neurodegeneration

New study on genotype-phenotype associations sheds light on human complex traits, diseases

New study on genotype-phenotype associations sheds light on human complex traits, diseases

Study shows why “the brain's memory center” is vulnerable to damage, degeneration

Study shows why “the brain's memory center” is vulnerable to damage, degeneration

Researchers suggest new strategies for finding drugs that neutralize key enzymes

Researchers suggest new strategies for finding drugs that neutralize key enzymes

Researchers devise a small-molecule cocktail to protect stem cells from stress

Researchers devise a small-molecule cocktail to protect stem cells from stress

Chaperone protein imbalance initiates toxic accumulation of tau in the aging brain

Chaperone protein imbalance initiates toxic accumulation of tau in the aging brain

Researchers identify overlapping genetic locations that shape face and the brain

Researchers identify overlapping genetic locations that shape face and the brain