The Hub at Johns Hopkins: Study: pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

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New evidence uncovered by scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that one root of Alzheimer’s disease may be a simple imbalance in acid-alkaline—or pH—chemistry inside brain cells called astrocytes. Astrocytes work to clear amyloid beta proteins from the spaces between neurons, but decades of evidence has shown that if the clearing process goes awry, amyloid proteins pile up around neurons, leading to the characteristic amyloid plaques and nerve cell degeneration that are the hallmarks of memory-destroying Alzheimer’s disease. (August 7, 2018)

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