May 9, 2019

Mayo Clinic doctors leading the way in researching new disease that mimics Alzheimer’s

By Karl Oestreich

by Lorena Inclan

A breakthrough in studying memory loss for our older population has happened right in our backyard at Mayo Clinic. Researchers there have helped identify a brain disease that mimics Alzheimer’s. Dr. Dennis Dickson is one of the lead researchers, he’s been studying this newly named disease for 20 years. “The area that is affected in LATE is this here kind of a seahorse shaped,” said Dickson. “Small area critical for learning and memory.”

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Context: In collaboration with the University of Kentucky, the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and other institutions, Mayo Clinic researchers helped to establish a name for a degenerative brain disease that afflicts the elderly and mimics features of Alzheimer’s disease. This working group describes "limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy," or LATE, as an underrecognized risk for public health and calls for an urgent focus on research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The report appears in the journal, Brain. You can read more about the study on Mayo Clinic News Network.

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