Hawaii researchers find 'Alzheimer's gene' shows effects in childhood

Hawaii researchers find 'Alzheimer's gene' shows effects in childhood

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease may show its effects on the brain and thinking skills as early as childhood, John A. Burns School of Medicine researchers have found.

The research was published in the July 13 online issue of Neurology.

Prior studies have shown that people with the gene are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

"Studying these genes in young children may ultimately give us early indications of who may be at risk for dementia in the future and possibly even help us develop ways to prevent the disease from occurring or to delay the start of the disease," JABSOM Professor Linda Chang said, in a news release.

The study included 1,187 young people, from 3 to 20 years old, who underwent genetic tests and brain scans and took memory skills testing.

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