Technology Review reports on a study published in JAMA indicating that a genetic variant known to improve cholesterol levels appears to "also protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia," the article says. The research, conducted by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, showed that people with two copies of the variant "had a 70 percent lower chance of developing Alzheimer's and other dementias, as well as a significantly lower rate of memory decline." The story adds that "the new findings are likely to heighten interest in finding ways to chemically enhance good cholesterol--experimental drugs that mimic the molecular effects of the genetic variant are already in clinical tests for heart disease."
Now That's a Good Variant to Have
Jan 15, 2010