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Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans.
But beyond its widespread reach, there’s not much we know for sure about the brain disorder. Its cause and progression have yet to be conclusively explained, and scientists can’t figure out why it’s so much more common in older populations. (More than 90% of cases occur in people 60 or over.)
Amidst all the questions surrounding Alzheimer’s, researchers at the University of California just uncovered an important answer. After compiling data from previous studies, they’ve located the brain region where the disease first strikes: the locus coeruleus (LC). [Continue reading here.]
LOEWE, Emma. 2016. Researchers Just Answered An Important Question About Alzheimer’s [Web:] Mind Body Green. [Date of Access:] 19 February 2016.