Brain Scans Give Clues to Link Between Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome

April 17, 2015

It's long been known that people with Down syndrome are at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Now, research suggests that changes in the brains of people with Down syndrome, as seen on brain scans, might help lead to promising treatments that could delay or prevent Alzheimer's.

"We and other researchers have been interested in detecting and tracking Alzheimer's, starting before the onset of cognitive [thinking] impairment in individuals at genetic risk for the disease," study senior researcher Dr. Eric Reiman, executive director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute, said in an organization news release.

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