Alzheimer's 100 years

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According to the National Alzheimer's Association, every 72 seconds someone in America develops this disease. Although many people are aware of it by name and what it can do to vibrant, healthy, strong people, author Susan Berg believes "it is everyone's duty to embrace this disease because there is no time to lose when fighting the battle of preventing it."

The year 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of a small medical meeting in Germany where physician Alois Alzheimer presented the haunting case of Auguste D. Alzheimer for the first time.

After her death four years later, this mysterious disorder began entering the medical literature as Alzheimer's disease.

The unusual brain deposits that were described after an autopsy of the brain and the pathological hallmarks of dramatic brain shrinkage and two types of microscopic deposits, which Dr. Alzheimer had never seen before became known as plagues and tangles.

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