Alzheimer's Disease May Have Genetic Link

by Medindia Content Team on  February 6, 2006 at 11:32 AM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Alzheimer's Disease May Have Genetic Link
There is every possibility that there could be a common gene which gives rise to Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers belonging to the Indiana University School of Medicine. This could also serve to conclusively prove that it is a family disease. Genetic information is sought from about 1,000 families in which the Alzheimer's disease is prevalent in two or more members.

The genetic link with regard to the disease was sought to be established over a period of several years by the scientists belonging to the Indiana University. Managing to locate two siblings suffering from the condition is not expected to be an easy task. The National Cell Repository will store the blood samples of the participants in the research.

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my great grandmother had senility, my grandmother as well, and now my mother has dementia and alzheimers. I am 56 and I have one sibling, a sister who is 50. Our mother was in her early 70's when we noticed a change in her memory and personality. She is now 78 and has been admitted to the CCU ward of our local hospital while she waits for a bed at a personal care facility. I would say there is a definite genetic link in our family. My son has been diagnosed with aspergers disorder and my sister, with depression. My father was an alcoholic and my mother was always depressed and anxious.
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