X Is There an X-Factor in Alzheimer’s?
What is the secret contained in the brain that leads it to develop the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s, that makes itself shrink, that paralyzes memory and thought processes and motor coordination?
Will there be a “magic key” that scientists will discover someday that will unravel the entire mystery?
Will it be an identifiable gene? Or, more likely, some untold number of different genes that somehow interact with each other and with environmental factors that affect different individuals differently. This seems to be the story of science.
Sometimes I think of how many diseases there are that destroy bodies and minds and that it seems like being able to cure them is just a quixotic dream. Yet progress is being made every day in medical science; progress is made even in tiny steps, steps that hopefully will someday join to lead us to a new pathway to cure and prevention.