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Indian doc spots brain killer

Beware! The offspring of body defenders is a major brain killer. This is what Prof Mahdi Hasan meant during his award lecture at CSMMU on Monday.

lucknow Updated: Oct 06, 2010 08:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Beware! The offspring of body defenders is a major brain killer. This is what Prof Mahdi Hasan meant during his award lecture at CSMMU on Monday.

The defenders are protein and lipid which bond in body defence but that deliver pigment which damages brain cells.
On the occasion, Prof Hasan said the process of ageing of brain cells is normal, but with more pigment present in the
cells, the process is enhanced.

“Earlier, it was believed metals such as aluminum, copper and iron cause damage to the cells but now evidence has proved that lypofusin, the by-product of pigment, also enhances ageing of the brain cells. Three research papers have been produced from different parts of the world confirming the fact,” said Prof Hasan. Discussing further on the topic, he put fore the electron microscopic evidence for the genesis of lipofuscin.

On the aspect of controlling damage to brain cells, he said the role of Brahmi, Vitamin E, C and anti-oxidants has been found positive in controlling the damage to brain cells. Thus, the presence of such elements in the body in a balanced quantity can reduce the damage to brain cell.

A member of International College of Surgeons, National Academy of Medical Sciences, and Indian National Science Academy, Prof Hasan has been working on brain cells since 1972 and has given the world formula-’use or lose your brain’ under which he proved the working capacity of brain increases when it is active.

Prof RC Rastoogi, ex-vice chancellor of BHU, Prof RC Simal ex-director of the IITR, Prof SS Agrawal ex-director SGPGI and other eminent scientists of Uttar Pradesh, attended the lecture.