Friday, April 19, 2013

Why Blacks Are Twice As Likely To Get Alzheimer’s

Researchers have known for a while that African Americans and Hispanics have higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease than whites do, though the reason(s) for this dementia disparity remained elusive. 

Now, for the first time, scientists have pinpointed a genetic mutation that may explain the higher risk for blacks.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, older blacks in the United States are about twice as likely as older whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias; older Hispanics have about one-half times more risk.

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