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New Alzheimers clue identified

Scientists have discovered a new clue about the nature of Alzheimer’s disease.

The news comes from a report published in the journal Science, which says that a recent study has suggested that Alzheimer’s patients may struggle to clear damaging proteins from the brain, whereas healthy adults are able to clear it efficiently enough so that it has no effect on them.

The British researchers taking part in the study called the finding exciting, despite the fact that it had observed only 24 people. They added that it could be important in the ongoing effort to understand the disease.

Experts in the UK have said that Dementia and Alzheimer’s are thought to be one of the biggest health challenges facing Britain today. Doctors say that in the next 15 years, the number of diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to skyrocket in excess of one million cases.

The discovery came from a study at St Louis’s University of Medicine where researchers observed 12 Alzheimer’s patients and 12 adults of the same age who didn’t have the disease.

What was revealed is that those with Alzheimer’s cleared beta-amyloid from the brain 30% slower than participants that didn’t have the disease. Experts say that levels of the protein in patients could be possibly be measured to detect the disease before the onset of early symptoms.



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