Scientists have found that head injuries can damage hundreds of genes leading to an increased risk of brain disorders like autism and diseases like Alzheimer’s. Brain trauma can make damaged genes produce irregular proteins which are thought to be a cause of Alzheimer’s. Scientists have discovered a set of master genes that could lead to new drugs to treat brain diseases, and future research could pay off with new compounds and foods that can repair the damaged genes and fight disease. There is much to be learned about why brain injury patients like soldiers and football players go on to develop serious neurological ailments as they get older. The study was published in the journal EBioMedicine.
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