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Study makes new discovery about Alzheimer's disease proteins

Study makes new discovery about Alzheimer's disease proteins
11th August 2010

A new scientific study has shed further light on how Alzheimer's disease develops.

Researchers from the University of California have found that some of the proteins that clump together in the brain are a normal part of aging, according to an article in the Public Library of Science Biology journal.

Scientists previously though that the clumping of insoluble proteins was unique to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.

These clumps of other proteins are normal, it seems, but when combined with more dangerous proteins they can speed up the progression of conditions like Huntington's disease.

In making this discovery, the researchers claim that they have opened up a new avenue of research for treating these proteins, preventing these build-ups and thus the development of dementia.

People living with the early stages of dementia will be able to manage their condition better if they are able to achieve personal goals, a recent study from Bangor University found.

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