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Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

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Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 12:33 AM by AlexMuller

The brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research shows. The study suggests some people recruit extra nerve power to help maintain their ability to think. Scientists hope the findings could shed light on why only some people with early signs of the condition go on to develop severe memory decline.

 
But experts warn much more research is needed to understand these processes. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, involved 71 adults with no signs of mental decline. Brain scans showed 16 of the older subjects had amyloid deposits - tangles of protein that are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
 
All participants were asked to memorise a series of pictures in detail while scanners were used to track their brain activity. They were then asked to recall the gist and later the detail of all the pictures they had seen.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-16
+3
The ability of brain to adapt to changes is greater than we expected and this is another example where such adaptation bypasses effects of changes found in dementia. Recently even more dramatic case of adaptation was discovered - a person without cerebellum- amazing!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-16
+2
It is also surprising that the ability to compensate varies between patents from fully developed disease-assuming no compensation to lack of neurological symptoms- full compassion. Finding out the difference is going to be the key Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-16
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I am not sure how quickly we can access such complexity, neuroscience is just beginning to show results of previous investment - much more is needed Reply
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Posted: 2016-05-06
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In Indonesien definitiv nicht. Selbst in Taxis außer Bluebird werden gerade von Indonesiern stark gemieden, da sie zu häufig an Entführungen, Vergewaltigungen und Überfällen beteiligt sind. Da Benzin hier aber vom Staat subvenzioniert wird kostet die Pesebnenorförderung hier einen Bruchteil. Reply


 

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