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Nose-picking can increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease: scientists

Alzheimer is a dreadful disease that steadily deteriorates patients' brain function, memory

By Web Desk
December 12, 2023
A picture showing a man nose-picking. — X/@sts
A picture showing a man nose-picking. — X/@sts

The filthy behaviour of picking noses that most people have in private may enhance their chance of Alzheimer's disease, as per scientists.

Griffith University researchers discovered a tiny association between nose-picking and the accumulation of proteins related to brain-robbing illness in mice.

They said that going around your nose might harm the protecting interior tissues, making hazardous microorganisms easier to reach your brain.

In turn, the brain reacts to this incursion in a manner similar to that of Alzheimer's disease.

It's a dreadful disease that steadily deteriorates patients' brain function and memory, getting more severe over time.

Researchers in Queensland, Australia, conducted studies on Chlamydia pneumoniae, an uncommon form of bacterium that may cause respiratory tract diseases such as pneumonia.

The bacterium has also been detected in the brains of persons suffering from late-onset dementia; a 1998 study discovered it in 17 of 19 brain samples tested.

"Some indirect evidence seems to suggest that infection with the organism might be associated with the disease," scientists said at the time.

The Griffith University researchers found that the bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae "used the nerve extending between the nasal cavity and the brain as an invasion path to invade the central nervous system".