Alzheimer’s gene ‘improves brain power in younger years’

A gene known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s in older people actually improves brain power earlier in life, researchers have found.

Scientists found that the gene promotes rapid information processing and sustained attention in young adults despite leading to a four-fold higher risk of Alzheimer’s in older age.

It could be a target for attempts to use screening and personalised medicine to slow or stop the processes by which Alzheimer’s develops, according to Professor Jennifer Rusted, lead author of the study.

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