Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Senior Catizens

Cats at risk of Alzheimer'sCATS can suffer from a feline form of Alzheimer's disease, Edinburgh scientists revealed.

A study into ageing cats identified a key protein which can build up in the nerve cells in their brains and cause mental deterioration, similar to that in humans.

The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, as well as universities at St Andrews, Bristol and California.

Dr Danielle Gunn-Moore, of Edinburgh University, said: "We've known for a long time that cats develop dementia, but this study tells us that the cat's neural system is being compromised."


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