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Dementia research turns up results at Bath uni

Dementia research turns up results at Bath uni
11th May 2009

The University of Bath's recent research into dementia has found some interesting results, it has been reported.

According to the Bath Chronicle, scientists at the institution found that the interaction of cells and ions with alpha-synuclein - the primary antagonist in dementia, forming plaques on the brain - has a bigger role than previously thought.

Speaking to the newspaper, David Brown, the lead author of the report, stated: "The results show the critical importance of metal ions and their interaction with alpha-synuclein in causing death of brain cells.

"They also show that small aggregates of proteins are more important than the larger ones that scientists have previously thought crucial."

The results are published in this month's release of the FASEB Journal and it is hoped that the "toxic bomb" effect caused by ions on the brain will be studied further.

According to a recent report by the Lancashire Telegraph, a specialist dementia care unit with 11 bedrooms has been established at Birch Hall Care Centre, now known as Willow House since its conversion.

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