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article imageIncredible 'inside the brain' video

By Tim Sandle     Feb 14, 2014 in Science
Scientists have put together an amazing four-minute captioned video showing biochemical processes deep inside the brain. The focus is on the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
The human brain is a remarkable organ. Complex chemical and electrical processes take place within our brains that let us speak, move, see, remember, feel emotions and make decisions. Inside a normal healthy brain, billions of cells called neurons constantly communicate with one another. Alzheimer's disease disrupts this intricate interplay.
The video was put together by the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging. The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to "compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer's disease" for health professionals, people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, and the public.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that worsens over time, leading to a slow decline in cognitive functions and affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. More than 5 million Americans are living with the condition, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The release of the video comes shortly after it was announced that scientists have identified abnormal expression of genes, resulting from "DNA relaxation," that can be detected in the brain and blood of Alzheimer's patients. This offers a clue of a genetic link to the degenerative disease.
Another important research report this year suggests that New research suggests that a daily dose of vitamin E could help people with Alzheimer's disease.
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