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Scientists 'closer to differentiating dementias'

Scientists 'closer to differentiating dementias'
1st July 2011

New research has identified a potential new method of differentiating Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Scientists at the University of Gothenburg investigated human cerebrospinal fluid and discovered a series of novel proteins, which carry specific sugar molecules.

A higher concentration of these proteins was seen to exist in patients with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease, as opposed to dementia caused by another condition, according to an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

First author Goran Larson said: "If we can link the formation of these molecules to the disease mechanisms behind Alzheimer's, then there's hope that we can also develop new drugs that can affect the course of this serious disease."

This follows news that the UK government has pledged further support for dementia research.

The Department of Health came up with a 'Route Map for Dementia Research' in which it promised spending £20 million on dementia research over the next five years.

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