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The key to curing dementia may lie with a brain-eating tribe in Papua New Guinea

from The Week

Dementia is a big problem that's little understood, and cases of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia are only going to balloon as people live longer. Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have identified a genetic mutation in the brain that appears to protect people from prion diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). But prions, or misshapen proteins, are also believed to play a big role in dementia diseases like Alzheimer's and neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's. more

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