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What is white matter disease?

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White matter disease is the wearing away of tissue in the largest and deepest part of your brain due to aging. This type of brain tissue helps you think fast, walk straight, and keeps you from falling. When it becomes diseased, the signals that help you do these things can’t get through, and your body stops working like it should.

From: What Is White Matter Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

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Filley, C.M. , September 2012. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders

HOPES Stanford University: "White Matter and HD."

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Vasquez, B.P. , Feb. 24, 2014. Journal of Neuropsychology

Xiong, Y.Y. , published online Aug. 23, 2011.  Journal of Aging Research

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Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Neurology: "White Matter Disease."

Filley, C.M. , September 2012. Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders

HOPES Stanford University: "White Matter and HD."

The Dana Foundation: "Why the White Brain Matters."

Vasquez, B.P. , Feb. 24, 2014. Journal of Neuropsychology

Xiong, Y.Y. , published online Aug. 23, 2011.  Journal of Aging Research

Raz, N. - , March 2012. Biochemica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Molecular Basis of Disease

Yang, D.W. , July 2010. Alzheimer's & Dementia

Schmahmann, J.D. . October 2008. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

UC Davis Health System: "White Matter Matters."

American Heart Association: "How to Prevent Heart Disease at Any Age."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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