Inside Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.

Alzheimer’s affects one in three people over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the US, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

Our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease has come along way in the last century. In this animation, Nature Neuroscience takes us inside the brain to explore the cells, molecules and mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of this devastating condition - from the latest advances to the remaining gaps in our scientific knowledge.

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