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Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Also Slow Blood Flow

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – They've long been associated with Alzheimer's disease, and now new research in animals suggests that protein plaques might slow the brain's blood flow, as well. Buildup of the amyloid beta protein clumps could harm the brain in multiple ways, according to a team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "We have increasingly become aware that the disruption of blood flow in the brain can increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease," lead researcher Dr. Erik Roberson, an associate professor of neurology, said in a university news release. He explained that scientists have long known that protein plaques known as "vascular amyloid" can build up around blood vessels, just as they do in brain tissue. However, "we did not fully understand its effects," Roberson said. Now, high-tech imaging "allows us to visualize how it affects the function of those vessels," he ... Read more

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