The Alzheimer’s enigma


The cause of Alzheimer’s still remains a mystery. Are we nearer to figuring it out?

Those who have lost a relative or friend to Alzheimer’s disease often say it is as if the person dies twice – the mind first and then the body, unaware of who they are, what they are or where they are. Faced with a disease that traps people in their own degenerative brain, our inclination might be to reconstruct that disease in all its complexity in the hope of understanding it. But scientists will tell you that what you really need to do is construct a thread that will guide you out of the labyrinth.

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Michael Regnier — Mosaic

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Do dolphins get Alzheimer’s disease?


Having a large brain comes at a cost.

Also, as do humans, dolphins have a highly evolved brain development and a very complex social relationship. This brain similarity with humans suggests the possibility that dolphins, as humans, have developed similar molecular machineries and pathological characteristics, including similar neurodegenerative diseases.

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Maria Carolina Gallego & David BorcheltEarthSky

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