Mitochondrial Gene May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Other Aging-related Diseases, Study Reports

Mitochondrial Gene May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Other Aging-related Diseases, Study Reports
A previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias has been uncovered. The culprit, known as humanin, is a neuroprotective factor known to decrease with age. It can protect brain cells from accumulating amyloid beta — a key player in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. “Because of the beneficial effects of humanin, a decrease

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