For the first time researchers have found that excess iron in the brain may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The findings, researchers say, bring the medical community closer to understanding the condition — which is the sixth leading cause of death among Americans.
It was long held that two proteins, tau and beta-amyloid, triggered Alzheimer’s disease. Imaging studies on the brains of patients revealed tissue damage along with protein deposits in the hippocampus region of the brain, where memories are funneled.
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