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Fungal infections linked to Alzheimer's disease

Fungal infections linked to Alzheimer's disease
11th April 2014

The presence of fungal infections could be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has found "compelling evidence" to suggest those with the condition also have a range of fungal species in their blood, The Local reports.

The investigation - carried out by scientists in Spain - revealed the foreign bodies had also invaded the central nervous system, after the proteins were found in brain samples taken from people who had lost their battle with the illness.

They also found that how far advanced the patient's ailment was impacted the type of fungus that was present.  

It has since been suggested that future studies could now be planned to help to determine what role the infections had to play in the development of the condition.

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