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Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer's

Research scientists say they want to define Alzheimer's by the biological changes it causes in the brain, rather than by symptoms like memory loss.
Plaques located in the gray matter of the brain are key indicators of Alzheimer's disease. Source: Cecil Fox

An international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way of looking at Alzheimer's.

Instead of defining the disease through symptoms like memory problems or fuzzy thinking, the scientists want to focus on biological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's. These include the plaques and tangles that build up in the brains of

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