Frontotemporal dementia, or frontotemporal lobar dementia, is an umbrella term that refers to a range of early onset dementias characterized by the progressive atrophying of the brain's frontal lobes, temporal lobes, or both.
The main symptoms in this form of dementia are cognitive function impairments and personality and behavioral changes. These can appear as early as age 40.
Researchers explain that frontotemporal dementia is usually heritable, and they tie most cases to specific DNA mutations.
Now, scientists at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine in Lexington — in collaboration with colleagues from other research institutions — have studied the mutated genes associated with frontotemporal dementia. They wanted to determine whether or not anything can prevent these genes from triggering the condition.
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