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University of Toronto and an Italian neurogenic center have identified a new gene mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia.

Frontotemporal dementia, also known as Pick’s disease, involves a progressive shrinking in the areas of the brain responsible for behavior and language. Often someone developing Pick’s disease will have sudden personality changes, language problems, and inappropriate social behavior.

Unlike Alzheimer’s disease, Pick’s disease does not affect memory in the early stages.

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