Game-Changing Find in Battle Against Alzheimer’s: A Gene Offers Protection

Posted: July 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Game-Changing Find in Battle Against Alzheimers: A Gene Offers Protection

Study links cognitive decline in senior citizens with Alzheimers disease; says amyloid-beta plaque is cause of AD

July 12, 2012 - New research by deCODE Genetics is a game-changer in the battle against Alzheimers disease. It reveals a gene that protects against Alzheimers disease (AD) and even cognitive decline in the elderly. The discovery also finds linkage between age-related cognitive decline and late-onset forms of AD, the most common cause of dementia.

The gene that protects against AD is a variant of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene.

APP was discovered 25 years ago in patients with rare, inherited forms of Alzheimers that strike in middle age, writes Ewen Callaway in a news report in the journal Nature, which reported the research.

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