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Boost for dementia fight

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SCIENTISTS have discovered a dementia marker in the brain stem that could enhance early detection and treatments to delay the disease.

New research from the Massachuse­tts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has linked worse symptoms and faster memory decline in early Alzheimer’s disease with a part of the brain stem – the locus coeruleus. Scientists used brain scans and post-mortem data to make the discovery.

They say the locus coeruleus’ integrity could be used as a marker of early Alzheimer’s, where tracking its changes uncover how the disease may develop in individual­s to help with treatment.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia.

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