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Pruning dormant cells in brain stops cognitive decline

Sep 20, 2018, 8:48 AM EDT
(Source: Tatiana Bulyonkova/flickr)
(Source: Tatiana Bulyonkova/flickr)

Senescent cells in our brain are the ones that lay dormant, not performing the job expected from them and whittling down a person’s cognitive abilities as they accumulate over time.

A recent experiment on mice showed that a drug treatment to prevent the buildup of these faulty cells in their brain reduced cognitive decline and memory impairment compared to the ones that didn’t get the treatment, notes Futurism.

It would be premature to conclude that the findings could apply to human biology but the development offers a new avenue for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, writes Nature.

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