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Chinese Scientists Find New Clues in Alzheimer's Research
   2016-05-26 15:57:03    People's Daily Online      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Chinese research on neurodegenerative diseases has made progress recently, and the new developments are poised to have a huge impact on the treatment of Alzheimer's. The latest research was conducted by Professor Jiang Qinghua at the School of Life Science and Technology of Harbin Institute of Technology.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Clinically, it is characterized by worsening cognition and memory. Preventing cognitive impairment is an important issue facing society.

Discovering the genetic loci that affect cognitive decline is a key step in the treatment of the disease. In 2015, researchers from University of California found a unique genetic mutation that might protect against cognitive decline and prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

To verify this finding, Jiang and his doctoral student, Liu Guiyou, analyzed 17,989 samples of children's cognitive function, 106,736 samples of adults' cognitive function, and 101,069 samples of adult education levels.

Studies show that the genetic variant discovered at the University of California does not affect children's cognition abilities. There was also no clear link between the variant and adult cognition levels. However, the findings do provide new ideas and clues for further research on Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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