17 sept. 2015

Alzheimer's may be a Transmissible Disease

A new study has found that Alzheimer's Disease may be transmissible. It has previously been thought to be a non-contagious disease.

The study, conducted by a team from University College London, performed autopsies on eight cadavers that were known to be victims of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), that was contracted by them after having received human growth hormone therapy that was unknowingly contaminated with CJD prions. The team found that six of the subjects' brains showed amyloid-beta pathology -- amyloid-beta being a protein that is associated with Alzheimer's, with four of the cases showing a buildup of amyloid deposits in the blood vessels of their brains.

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