21 July 2009

Study finds evidence of memory decline in middle-aged people at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease

Study supports possibility that future Alzheimer's treatments may be most effective if initiated before people reach older ages
Mayo Clinic: 15 July 2009
Memory lapses that occur with normal aging are a source of worry for many who fear Alzheimer's disease. Now a new Mayo Clinic-led study published in the July 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the carriers of a common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease begin to have memory declines in their mid-50s, far earlier than previously thought.

These and other findings reported by researchers and their colleagues in the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium support the possibility that future Alzheimer's treatments may be most effective if started in middle-aged people, years before the onset of disabling memory and thinking problems or extensive brain pathology. … > full press release

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