African Americans May Be More Susceptible to Alzheimer’s

April 11, 2013 | By Lorenzo Mejia

A recent study suggests that African-Americans with a certain gene have nearly twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Notably, the gene is not associated with rates of the disease in whites.

It appears that genetics of Alzheimer’s vary among different populations. African-Americans have much higher rates of late-onset Alzheimer’s — by far the most common form of the disease — than whites.

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