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t'S diagnosed in the United States every
two minutes and takes a life every five
minutes. It's Alzheimer's disease, a progres-
sive, irreversible disorder that kills brain
cells and eventually kills its victims. But
researchers at the University of North Texas
Health Science Center at Fort Worth are
working to determine what causes
Alzheimer's and how to treat and prevent
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, or
AD, are well known: a gradual loss of mem-
Researchers study Alzheimer's
causes, treatments and preventions
,, confusion and impaired judgment,
inges in personality and behavior, depen-
ice on others for the routine tasks of liv-
. Four million Americans, most of them
erly, have been diagnosed with AD; with-
a cure or method of prevention, that
nber will rise to 14 million by mid-
tury. Worldwide, many millions more will
fer from the disease that some researchers
already calling the epidemic of the 21st
While the exact cause of AD is still
unknown, scientists' understanding of
the underlying mechanisms is grow-
ing. Researchers believe that process-
ing of certain proteins in the brain
goes awry, resulting in the production
of toxic proteins that invade nerve
cells (causing what are called neu-
rofibrillary tangles) and the spaces
between nerve cells (leading to the
accumulation of insoluble deposits
known as amyloid plaques).
by James Naples
UNT's Texas Academy of
Mathematics and Science
student Priscilla Pang pre-
pares to test estrogen-like
compounds for their ability
to protect brain cells.
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