Global Technology – February 2011

Now let’s turn to the most important breakthroughs in technology.  We’ll begin with a significant advance in research on Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts more than 5 million Americans. According to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, scientists have discovered what causes the synapses in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients to break down.  This could lead the way to effective new treatments for the disease. Previous studies have demonstrated that the dementia that is the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is caused by a severe weakening in the synapses, though the reason for it remained a mystery.  As a result, scientists and pharmaceutical companies have spent decades trying to find ways to prevent or treat the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary...

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