Previous research has linked stress with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but the mechanisms underlying this association have been unclear. Now, researchers from the University of Florida believe they are one step closer to an explanation.

Researchers say stress triggers the release of a hormone that boosts production of a protein in the brain that is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s.

In a study published in The EMBO Journal, Dr. Todd Golde, director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Florida, and colleagues describe how a hormone released by the brain in response to stress increases production of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s development.

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