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Dementia

27 May 2011

Stress increases risk for Alzheimer's disease

Scientists have discovered that the increased release of stress hormones may lead to the generation of a protein in the brain and ultimately, memory loss.

Stress promotes neuropathological changes that are also seen in Alzheimer's disease. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have discovered that the increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to generation of abnormally phosphorylated tau protein in the brain and ultimately, memory loss.

The study

 

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