Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease without a cure. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have searched genetic datasets of around 25 million people in order to find risk factors for developing MND. In these datasets the team found genetic markers that are linked with cholesterol levels and saw that higher levels of cholesterol were causally linked with greater risk of developing MND. These results suggest that cholesterol-lowering drugs could e used to prevent the onset of MND, although this will require further investigation.
Source: Queen Mary University London
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