Doctors closer to unlocking mystery surrounding Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at University of North Florida move closer to major breakthrough

HOUSTON –
Doctors may be one step closer to unlocking the mystery surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

More than 5 million Americans and their families are living with Alzheimer’s. Melissa Murray lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Murray is helping find a cure as a neuroscience graduate student.

She and fellow researchers at the University of North Florida are moving closer to a major breakthrough.

“We looked at 1,400 brains that were donated to us to find if it is tau or amyloid (protein) that is causing this cognitive decline. The two hallmark brain diseases in Alzheimer’s disease,” Murray said.

After years of studying, the team discovered it is the tau protein driving the relationship.

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