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MRI scans reveal brain changes in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's
Date:12/16/2010

terns of brain function that might eventually be used to predict who is developing Alzheimer's disease."

The goal is to identify those with the highest risk of Alzheimer's and to develop treatments that interfere with the progression of the disease, keeping it from advancing to the stage when amyloid begins to build up in the brain and, eventually, dementia sets in.

"The current belief is that from the time excess amyloid begins to collect in the brain, it takes about 10 years for a person to develop dementia," Sheline says. "But this new study would suggest we might be able to intervene even before amyloid plaques begin to form. That could give us an even longer time window to intervene once an effective treatment can be developed."


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Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine
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