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Researchers discover new findings as to how the brain ages

Posted by RHHAdmin on Sep 12, 2012 8:28:00 AM

As individuals age, some may find themselves having a harder time recalling memories and could have lower cognitive function. As diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's continue to affect millions of seniors, scientists have been working to figure out the aspects of the aging brain.

Researchers from Newcastle University looked to explore the ageing process of cells that are not able to divide. These cells can be found in the brain and elsewhere throughout the body.

Previous studies had investigated cell senescence, or the cell's ability to divide, and its molecular pathway. The new study suggests that cells that are unable to divide actually have the same molecular pathway, opening the door for potential research down the line and what it could mean for the future of dementia and Alzheimer's care.

"We want to continue our work looking at the pathways in human brains as this study provides us with a new concept as to how damage can spread from the first affected area to the whole brain," said the study's lead author Thomas von Zglinicki.

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Topics: Dementia, Health News