Human brain may be able to compensate for some of early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease

September 15, 2014 12:11 PM

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New research has shown that older adults with build-up of a hallmark Alzheimer’s protein have increased brain activity while performing memory tasks. The US study suggests that the brain adapts to compensate for early damage caused by this protein.

The study, which was 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.

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