Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome Link Explained

A research team at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, has reported an explanation for why people with Down syndrome often develop Alzheimer’s disease.

The study builds on research last year that suggested a cause for the mental disability that accompanies Down syndrome. If the continuing analysis results in new therapies, the syndrome could be alleviated and scientists might be able to harness that knowledge in treating — and perhaps even preventing — Alzheimer’s in the general population.

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