8 Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs you need to know


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Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking and behavior, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia that gets worse over time. Nearly 6 million Americans presently live with Alzheimer’s— and there’s no cure for it.

The disease is caused by protein buildups called plaques and tangles that occur in the brain and kill nerve cells. Our brains have 100 billion nerve cells that connect parts of the brain to form communication networks. When those communication lines are interrupted, it can cause a breakdown in some parts of the brain.

An incorrect diagnosis can be dangerous as certain medications can cause neuroleptic sensitivity, irreversible parkinsonism or neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, here are 8 Alzheimer’s breakthroughs you need to know.

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