Washington: A new American study suggests a fresh new approach of slowing down cognitive dysfunction that takes place in Down syndrome.Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome and significantly reduces contextual learning and memory. People affected by Down``s syndrome have a below average cognitive ability, and those who reach middle age show start showing Alzheimer``s-like dementia by the time they are 50 or 60.
Mobley said: "We found that, despite advanced LC degeneration, we could reverse contextual learning failure in these mice.""The possibility is very real that such a therapy, if proven safe, would be effective in treating dementia in later-stage Down``s syndrome patients," he added. The study has appeared in Science Translational Medicine on November 18. ANI
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