31 Dec '11, 4am

Alzheimer's may be less disease, more function of aging - San Francisco Luxury News

Is Alzheimer’s really a disease to be cured, like cancer, or is it a product of aging — a form of degeneration that affects just about everybody as they get older? Researchers have been defining Alzheimer’s as a disease distinct from the aging process, says Ming Chen, a University of South Florida professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology. He believes this approach obscures the fact that the risk of dementia increases with age, which suggests it can only be postponed, like heart disease, but never really cured. “To researchers, Alzheimer’s disease connotes a discrete disease,” said Chen. “Thus, over 90 percent of the Alzheimer’s studies funded by the National Institutes of Health are on mutations, toxic amyloid (beta peptides), pathogens, and so on. And that is why after three decades and billions of dollars spent, more than 90,000 research papers published, and n...

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