Alzheimer’s link to mum
BESIDES age, the biggest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease is having a parent or other firstdegree relative with the condition.
A new study adds to growing evidence that inheriting it from your mother is much worse than from your father.
Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine recruited 21 adult children of Alzheimer’s patients who were still‘‘ cognitively intact’’. They examined their brains using an MRI scanner then compared the scans with those of 32 healthy adults in the same age group with no family history of Alzheimer’s.
None of the subjects exhibited outward signs of dementia, but the scans revealed the 11 people whose mothers had Alzheimer’s had lost significantly more grey matter.