Alzheimer’s Due to Infections?

3D medical background with magnifying glass examining brainA new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may stem from the brain fighting off infections.

The disease may be the result of a byproduct that builds up in the brain when it fights infections, says the study, reported on in Time magazine.

If it turns out to be true it could change the way the medical world views the disease and may call for new types of drugs to fight it.

Researchers have thought that a protein called amyloid beta had a role in Alzheimer’s by causing plaque to build up in the brain, making it difficult to make connections.

Now, the new study in Science Translational Medicine says the amyloid buildup may be a protective measure against infections.

More research is needed before this theory is proven, the story says.

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