Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Another clue to Alzheimer's?

University of Adelaide researchers have a new theory. Maybe Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases are from an out of control immune system--persistent inflammation that kills brain cells.

They published these findings in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Such neurogenerative diseases--which include Parkinson's and Huntington's--are rising dramatically as populations skew older and we live longer.

Previously, researchers have focused on gooey protein deposits in the brain called amyloid plaques. But why do they form? Or are they even the cause, that has been questioned, too.

Putting together several lines of research, they think the immune cells may malfunction and kill brain cells.

What could cause this malfunction? Genetic mutations, infection, toxins, or physical injury could all be culprits.

Think of this from the inflammation standpoint could lead to new drugs.

Well, stay on it!

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