Next Avenue: From bats to bacteria: what scientists think might cause and stop Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most frequent form of dementia, and it is both cruel and tragically common. The world’s slowest, most painful disappearing act affects 5.7 million Americans — and with the large boomer generation reaching age 65 and beyond, that number is projected to more than double in the next 30 years. Care for those with Alzheimer’s is both labor and time intensive, and the economic burden of the disease is predicted to reach a trillion dollars by midcentury, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

All that money and suffering has attracted a lot of research into the disease.

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