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A new approach to fighting Alzheimer's

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Researches at Mayo Clinic in Florida are preparing to study the body's defense system to find new ways to fight Alzheimer's disease.

"The investigators are working together to understand the role that innate immunity — the body's defense system — plays in Alzheimer's disease, a disorder of dementia that is rapidly increasing as the population ages," says a study announcement from Mayo.

Research teams want to manipulate "key molecular players" of the human immune system to develop therapies for fighting Alzheimer's.Researchers want to clarify the role inflammation plays and whether it's beneficial as an immune response, or harmful.

The goal is to develop drugs to magnify the good aspects of immune response as it relates to Alzheimer's.

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