We all know someone who's been affected by Alzheimer's disease, and we've all heard a doctor say this: "There's no cure."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, it's the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
There was nothing more devastating to me than to hear my grandfather being diagnosed with this illness. It broke my heart when he didn't recognize me. It broke my heart when he yelled at me for no reason.
Watching him being admitted into a nursing home was one of the hardest thing my parents had to deal with. My grandfather was supposed to live out his days in his country home, where he always spoke about retiring, not in a small room where unfamiliar faces would come to give him his daily medication.
The cruelest part of this degenerative brain disorder is how it destroys every aspect of one's humanity piece by piece. And it doesn't only affect the afflicted, it also affects those around them.
This disease usually affects people in their mid-60s onward, impacting their memory, thinking skills, and ability to carry out simple tasks.
But maybe that's all about to change, thanks to a team of scientists working to fight this progressive brain disorder once and for all.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine were able to successfully remove the "irreversible" disease from mice.
And like most things that have been tested on animals first and have had major breakthroughs, there may a good chance it's going to work on humans.
Here's what they've discovered: