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Recent discovery suggests new ways to treat the disorder’s cause, not just symptoms

A protein called the amyloid-beta protein (A-beta) is thought to be a key cause of Alzhiember's disease. A-beta proteins apparently stick together to form toxic deposits in the brain. 

UCLA scientists, headed by David Teplow, Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, have recently identified a loop in the A-beta protein that is likely to be responsible for the adhesion process.

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