NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Alzheimer's Association announced yesterday that it has awarded $2.2 million in grant funding to support nine projects that will investigate why Alzheimer's disease disproportionately affects women versus men.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women. Among all individuals 71 years and older, about 16 percent of women have Alzheimer's disease or dementia, compared with 11 percent of men.

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