A new study appearing in the Journal of Neuroinflammation suggests that the brain’s immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings are the culmination of years of investigation that were triggered when O’Banion and his colleagues made a surprising discovery while studying mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. They observed that amyloid beta plaques — which scientists believe play a major role in the disease – were being cleared in animals with chronic brain inflammation.

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