New Alzheimer’s discovery could hold key to preventative treatments for high-risk patients

October 22, 2013 1:58 PM

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New Alzheimer’s discovery could hold key to preventative treatments for high-risk patients

For years, people with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease have shied away from genetic testing, which could reveal that they carry the ApoE4 protein – a genetic risk factor associated with a 10-fold higher chance of developing the incurable neurodegenerative condition.

However, new research has highlighted a potential pathway for early intervention methods that could help those at a high risk for Alzheimer’s, making genetic screening for the disease as important as cholesterol tests are to preventing heart disease.

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