What causes Alzheimer’s? Genes, environment and lifestyle play roles
Alzheimer’s, viewed as one of the more frightening of debilitating diseases, does not have a cure. But research revealing more about the causes raises some hope of progress in treating the disease. Research at ASU led by Rolf Halden, a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, part of the Fulton Schools, has examined the role of environmental factors as one trigger for Alzheimer’s. Work at ASU’s Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, which Halden directs, continues providing data and knowledge that could point more directly to a connection between the environment and the body’s genes in leading to the disease.