The biggest question for researchers continues to be what causes Alzheimer’s and what are the factors that aggravate the disease? A provocative study investigates the theory that Alzheimer’s disease may be a response to infection in the brain.
The study suggests that Alzheimer’s may result from the brain’s attempt to fight off some kind of infectious organism, perhaps a virus or bacteria, that enters the brain. The immune system, according to this theory, responds by producing sticky proteins called beta-amyloid that encase the invading organism, causing it to die.
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