The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation $480,000 for research on dopamine’s role in Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s affects 5.8 million Americans, and one in three senior citizens dies with the disease or other forms of dementia.
Dopamine is a chemical responsible for voluntary movement and the perception of rewards in the brain.
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Just about every one of us knows someone who’s been struck by Alzheimer’s disease. In the U.S., nearly 6 million people suffer from the deadly, memory-robbing illness.