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Unformatted text preview: occur after the age of 60. Can run in some families, but the gene role is not specific. AFFECTS ON THE BRAIN The only sure way to find out if someone has Alzheimers is to examine their brain after death. Some common changes are: NEUROFIBRILLARY TANGLES: twisted fragments of protein within a nerve cell the clog up the cells. NEURITIC PLAQUES: abnormal clusters of dead or dying nerve cells, other brain cells, and protein. SENILE PLAQUES: areas where the products of dying nerve cells have accumulated around the protein. When the nerve cells are destroyed there is a decrease in the chemicals that help send messages in the brain creating a loss of function in certain brain area....
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Driell during the Spring '11 term at College of the Canyons.
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