Monday, March 10, 2008

Alzheimer’s Risk Higher for Kids When Both Parents Stricken

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Children whose parents both have Alzheimer’s disease are at a greater risk for developing the degenerative brain disorder, according to the results of a study that appears today in the Archives of Neurology.
The researchers found patients though a registry at the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Jayadev told us that while this is the largest group of offspring with two Alzheimer’s parents studied, the number of patients remains small.
It might be common sense anyway, but children of two parents with Alzheimer’s should take extra care of themselves. Suman Jayadev, lead author of the study and a neurologist at the University of Washington in Seattle told us, “If you are at an increased risk, you should be that much more aware of keeping good health, exercising and eating right. We’re all at risk for this, but these people may be at higher risk.”
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