Health Watch -- Research Update: Protecting Nerves
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The researchers were studying processes that lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. They found that a protein that causes these conditions may also help protect against neurodegeneration when it appears in normal amounts. Dr. Thomas Südhof, the UT Southwestern neuroscientist who led the study, says he hadn’t thought this protein had any positive function in the body. Now scientists have a whole new area to study and new theories to test on how this one protein can both protect and do harm.
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