Alzheimer’s Gene May Show Effects on Brain Starting in Childhood

Jul 14, 2016

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Linda Chang, M.D.
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A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found in the brains of developing children.

Researchers from the John A. Burns School of Medicine participated in a test of nearly 1,200 subjects between the ages of 3 and 20.  Scientists say studying these genes in young children may ultimately give us early indications of who may be at risk for dementia in the future.

Linda Chang is the author of the study.  She says the research could develop ways to prevent the disease from occurring or to delay the start of Alzheimer’s. 

Chang says even though the first round had a large test group… more comprehensive studies would be needed before parents should start seeking out genetic tests for their children.  The findings were published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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