Tau protein linked to cognitive decline in elderly, study says

04/24/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

High levels of a specific tau protein are needed for the development of dementia in older patients who have amyloid-beta deposition, researchers reported in the Archives of Neurology. In normal elderly patients, amyloid-beta deposition alone is not linked to cognitive decline, and the presence of p-tau "represents a critical link" in the process, according to the researchers.

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