Herald Sun

ALZHEIMER’S RACE RID­DLE

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ALZHEIMER’S dis­ease may af­fect the brain dif­fer­ently in African Amer­i­cans than white Amer­i­cans of Euro­pean de­scent, sci­en­tists sug­gest.

Re­searchers say their find­ings sug­gest a need for dif­fer­ent types of Alzheimer’s preven­tion and treat­ment in African Amer­i­cans.

Alzheimer’s dis­ease is the most com­mon cause of de­men­tia and sees pro­teins build up in the brain to form struc­tures called plaques and tan­gles. US sci­en­tists looked for these plaques and tan­gles in the brains of peo­ple who had died.

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