Gene Identified that may raise the risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease. - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gene Identified that may raise the risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease.

NEW YORK (AP) _ There's an encouraging study from the fight
against Alzheimer's. Scientists have identified a gene that may
raise the risk of getting the most common form of the disease by
about 45 percent.

Researchers say the gene appears to hamper a brain cell's
ability to take in calcium and that if drugs can be found that
reverse its effect, they may be useful in fighting Alzheimer's.

Most cases of Alzheimer's appear after age 65. So far, only one
gene has been firmly established as affecting the risk of this
late-onset version. The gene proposed in the new study appears to
have a much smaller impact on the disease risk.

Dozens of other genes are also under study as possibly affecting
risk of the disease.

The new work appears in Friday's issue of the Journal Cell.

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