NEWS: We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it | New Scientist

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This is most welcome news. Coming later than I wish but heading our way, nonetheless. I don’t pretend to understand all of the science involved because I am not a scientist. I do know enough to understand that the logic behind the hypothesis is sound: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease may be the cause of Alzheimer’s.

If this does turn out to be true we will have a serious case for the universal inclusion (mandated, if necessary) of dental benefits in public and private health insurance. The dollar savings from being able to eliminate Alzheimer’s and/or dementia would be staggering. The population bubble coming behind the Baby Boomers will only make that even greater.

The relative amounts of prevention and cure come to mind.

Ounce or pound?

This will be the choice we’ll need to make should this all come to pass. I, for one, prefer ounce.

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