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Dementia changes seen in size of brain structures

Dementia can be predicted by analyzing the size of 2 areas of the brain, the amydala and hippocampus. The amydala is involved with emotion, and the hippocampus is tied with such emotions as anger, fear and enjoyment, and is also associated with memory and orientation. A study on over 500 elderly people found that the 2 brain structures were indicative of changes experienced in the brain with such disease processes as Alzheimer's and other degenerative brain diseases. The hope is to instigate treatment earlier, to avoid rapid progression of dementia symptoms.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Times of India

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About: Dementia changes seen in size of brain structures

Date: 9 January 2005

Source: Times of India


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