New discoveries provide important clues for Alzheimer’s disease

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April 4, 2011

Researchers have discovered several genes that may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's Disease, which represents a promising step forward in the battle against dementia, according to Medical News Today

It is hoped that doctors will be able to use these genes as indicators of who will suffer from the disease in the future. Scientists may also use the findings in order to create new drugs and treatments for patients.

One of the most significant discovers may be the fact that these new genes show that the accumulation of amyloid plaques may not be the only process in Alzheimer's disease.

"We may now have four pathways that are critically related to the disease and that could really make a difference in how we study and potentially prevent and treat it," said Dr. Richard Mayeux, the news source reports.

Older adults who are suffering from memory loss may benefit from the addition of a medical alarm system. This device can be programmed to help with medication management and send a medical alert if the pills aren't taken on time.