Alzheimer’s Awakening

First Billy Jean’s win over Bobby Riggs, now this.

New research has arisen on why women are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s, and it’s not just because women live longer than men. Scientists offered new evidence that the disease may spread differently in women’s brains than in men because of several newly identified genes that seem related to the disease called APOE-4. Vanderbilt University researchers found that women do better than men on verbal tests for Alzheimer’s leaving them undiagnosed. A protein called ‘tau’ that destroys nerve cells is spread more in women’s brains than in men’s. The female advantage masks early signs of Alzheimer’s and delays diagnosis because of better brain metabolism. Researchers have received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to complete an international study on 100,000 people to try to validate and extend the results, NBC reports.

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