Making your brain cells longer could help ward off Alzheimer’s


Madeline Gray/The Palm Beach Post/Zumapress.com/Alamy By Clare Wilson RESISTANCE isn’t futile, especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Some people’s brains can withstand the ravages of the disease by elongating the connections between brain cells – a process that seems to counter mental decline. Now we need to understand why some brains can respond to the disease in this way and to see if the effect can be enhanced with medicines or lifestyle changes. Alzheimer’s disease, which causes memory loss and confusion, is the most common form of dementia. The condition is characterised by a build-up of a protein called beta-amyloid,
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