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Wyoming scientists make headway in Alzheimer's research

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Yesterday, the Jackson-based Institute for EthnoMedicine released a study that identifies a possible cause as well as a possible prevention for neurodegenerative illnesses, or diseases the affect the human brain like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and Parkinson’s disease. The study, which was published yesterday in the science journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicates that chronic exposure to an environmental toxin may increase risk of neurodegenerative illness. In a release issued today, the organization explains that brain tangles and amyloid deposits are the hallmarks of both Alzheimer’s disease and an unusual illness suffered by Chamorro villagers on the Pacific Island of Guam, whose diet is contaminated by the environmental toxin BMAA. Pacific Islanders with this unusual condition also suffer from dementia and symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and Parkinson’s disease. Get the whole story over at Pitchengine Communities' Jackson Hole news stream, Buckrail . *Feature Photo: Screenshot of the Institute for EthnoMedicine from the video. * #reboot #county10 #springcity #dally #oilcity #county17 #shortgo #bootstrapped #news