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Alzheimer fits linked to protein

19th March 2009

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have said they may have identified the cause of epilepsy in Alzheimer's patients. 

Tests carried out on mice showed the amyloid protein affected the brain by forming clumps and sensitised nerve cells. Researcher Professor Tibor Harkany, of the University of Aberdeen, said: "We have shown for the first time the actual cellular process that links epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Our findings could lead to a rethink of the type of drugs that are given to patients with Alzheimer's disease."

 

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