Sunday, April 3, 2011

Genetics & Alzheimer's--Is There A Connection?

An article in today's New York Times reports on two studies that have discovered five new genes that seem to make Alzheimer's Disease more likely, although only slightly. This is being called an important breakthrough in the research seeking causes for the dementia, but there is no intention to use these genes as a diagnostic or prognostic tool. For more information, see the article by clicking the NY Times

The study results are being hailed as a big step in progress toward understanding Alzheimer's Disease. As we all hope, success at beating it will finally come from the cumulative effect of all the research being done now and yet to be financed. It's a slow but steady pathway to this goal.

Bob Tell
Author, "Dementia-Diary, A Caregiver's Journal"