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October 5, 2006

Dementia and ALS Share Same Protein

New research has found that frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) share a common protein.

In people with FTD, the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain shrink and their behavior changes. They may become fixated on sex or engage in criminal behavior, and they eventually die from the disorder. Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), would seem like a different beast, given that it causes degeneration in motor neurons. But in recent years neurologists have observed that people with one of the conditions tend to get the other.

Common Protein Found in Dementia and ALS

Filed under Dementia


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