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Dementia: Study helps to unravel the cause of brain cell death

Amongst one of the most detrimental and inherently harmful diseases that individuals may encounter is that of dementia. A loss of memory, cognitive functions, and ability to interact socially are just a few of the many symptoms that come with it. As it has been commonly known that the death of brain cells is the primary cause of this disease, recent research provides more insight as to how this process occurs, and what can be done to slow the continued death of brain cells.

Key Takeaways:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia with it being commonly found in older adults above the age of 65
  • researches are finding that the lack of a gene called lysine specific histone demethylase 1 (LSD1) triggers brain cell death
  • The loss of LSD1 seems to be linked to Alzheimer’s and front temporal dementia

“Dementia arises as a result of brain cell death, which may lead to a decline in learning, memory, and other cognitive functions, but precisely what triggers this process has been unclear.”

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