New mechanism discovered for Alzheimer’s risk gene

Posted by on August 17, 2016 8:37 pm
Categories: health

Scientists reveal why people with the ApoE4 gene are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease–the subset of the disorder occurring in people age 65 and over–affects more than 5 million Americans, and is characterized by progressive memory loss and dementia. Scientists have put forth a variety of hypotheses on its causes, including the accumulation of protein clusters called beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain.

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