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Dog brain studies provide clues to understanding dementia

from By Denise A. Valenti

As man's best friend, dogs contribute to our social well-being throughout our lifespan. However, understanding how our canine companions age is also contributing to our medical well-being. It turns out an aging dog has a natural development of cognitive decline that parallels some of the human dementias associated with aging. This includes the deposits of beta-amyloid in the brain and neural tissue that is considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease in humans. more

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