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Burke discusses proposed infection-based theory of Alzheimer's disease with NPR

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Could an infectious agent such as a germ or virus have some role in the cause or progression of Alzheimer's disease? NPR's Bret Stetka recently wrote a an article for NPR on this intriguing, but still controversial hypothesis. According to this idea, some microbial agent in the brain may be help kick off the "toxic tumble of molecular dominoes" that, over years, leads to Alzheimer's. Stetka spoke to several national experts in Alzheimer's and dementia research, including our Department's Jim Burke, MD, PhD. Read his story here.