A current study by scientists from the University of Edinburg School of Physics and Astronomy seeks to find out what gives rise to the protein clumps in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions relating to impairment of cognitive ability. The link of the clumping to many dementia syndromes and other diseases had been known for sometime, but scientists are still clueless on what exactly causes the protein clumps to form and cause the death of brain cells.
Focusing mainly on insulin protein but may include other proteins, the researchers seek to unravel the mystery to gain insights on the conditions of people as they grow older. About 60,000 deaths each year is directly attributed to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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