Phoenix doctors aim to understand Alzheimer

November 18, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: ABC 15] – Scientists in Phoenix are studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Hispanic population, hoping to better understand why the disease strikes that ethnic group more often than others.

“There are many forms of dementia but Alzheimer’s is the most common,” says Dr. Leslie Baxter who heads the program at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute. 

There are currently 200,000 Latinos in America living with the incurable disease.  Some estimates show that number could increase 600 percent by 2050 to a total of 1.3 million.  But little is known about why this group seems to be affected more. 

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