Study: For some, Alzheimer’s begins in 50s

July 16, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: Ken Alltucker, The Arizona Republic] – People who carry a gene associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease begin to show signs of memory loss in their mid-50s, much earlier than previously thought, according to a Mayo Clinic-led study.

The Arizona-based research team’s findings, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that such high-risk people may benefit from prevention efforts years before the memory-robbing disease becomes apparent.

Still, there are no proven therapies or drugs that can effectively slow or halt the progression of a disease in its early stages.

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