Hardened arteries in elderly linked to brain plaques

Elderly people suffering from hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques in the brain – an indication of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. According to the National Institute on Aging, plaques form in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells when pieces of protein called beta-amyloid clump together. This process is more common when a person ages, but those with Alzheimer’s disease have more of the plaques within particular brain regions, compared with those who do not have the disease. For the study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh scanned…
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