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Amyloid Beta Level in Serum Predicts Risk for Vascular Disease in First-Degree Relatives of Alzheimer's Patients
Date:2/6/2009

“These findings suggest that an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease associated with family history may be mediated in part through the enrichment of individuals with vascular risk factors and may be reflective of pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease pathology,” Dr. Mullan and his colleagues wrote.

In another stunning finding in the same issue of Molecular Medicine, scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University, UCSF, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, and University of North Carolina, identified a genetic signature for a hepatitis C virus-induced liver cancer, and different genetic handprints for cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C. They were able to use these genetic signatures to distinguish between pathological stages of liver cancer and early disease states, suggesting a way to diagnose this hepatocellular carcinoma earlier in the disease process.

Molecular Medicine is published by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. For more information on the study, visit www.molmed.org or contact Veronica J. Davis. Free podcasts from the latest issue of Molecular Medicine are also available on the journal’s web site and in iTunes.

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