By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a total $26 million to five academic medical institutions, led by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, toward a large-scale study designed to examine the role that vascular risk factors experienced during middle age — such as hypertension, diabetes, and lifestyle – play into Alzheimer's disease and related forms of cognitive decline.

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