Study Suggests Dementia Is Caused by Abnormal Protein Found In Brain


Dementia is the disorder that is associated with mental health loss or the ability to perform mental functions. A typical common diseases associated with the dementia disorder is Alzheimer’s. Even though these type of mental disorders are not yet understood nor explained, however a new study might have found the missing piece.

The new research conducted by a team from the Lund University in Sweden have suspected and studied a protein found in the brain. They focused on using dead human who once suffered and reached death from the diseases Alzheimer’s or front temporal dementia. Their study suggests that certain abnormal proteins found in the body might actually be related to the loss in mental health.

The study was led by a resident physician at Psychiatry Northwest in Stockholm and a researcher from Lund University. Dr. Madeleine commented on her results saying, “This study is unique in that we studied deceased patients, something that means we are 100 per cent sure of the dementia diagnosis, which is not always established while the patients are alive. In addition, we observed that the likelihood of committing criminal acts was nine times higher among patients with front temporal dementia who had accumulations in the brain of certain abnormal proteins, above all TDP-43, compared with those who had accumulations of tau protein. The TDP-43 proteins seem therefore to be particularly associated with developing criminal behavior among people with front temporal dementia.”