A team of scientists at University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine conducted research to determine structural differences in the brains of high-risk and low-risk seniors. The causes of Alzheimer’s has been thought to be the decaying of both grey and white matter in the brain. Grey being matter that holds information, and white being matter that connects everything together, like electrical wiring.
White matter is made up of axons, each of which are protected by a myline sheeth. The axons send impulse messages to each other, allowing each part of the brain to share information. In this study, the team used MRI’s to compare the structural differences in the brain between the two groups. What they found was, in a way, up lifting.
The high-risk seniors (who have not been diagnosed with the disease as of late) showed definite signs of White matter decay, but not signs of Grey matter decay. The low-risk seniors showed little decay of both.
So why is this up-lifting? Grey matter is extremely complicated and minimally understood. White matter, however, is much easier to understand. It is possible to develop ways of strengthening the mylin sheet, thus protecting White matter from decay.
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