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"1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems" - Steven Reinberg

  • HealthDay
  • New York, NY
  • (July 13, 2018)

If you're middle-aged and you think you're losing your memory, you're not alone, a new U.S. government report shows. In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noticing a decline in your mental abilities ("cognitive decline") is one of the earliest signs of impending Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, psychiatry, associate director of the Alzheimer’s disease Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said, “We know that amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, begins in the 40s, especially in carriers of the APOE4 gene.” Next, Dr. Gandy said, doctors need to be able to predict risk among these with the APOE4 gene if amyloid plaque is present. "If APOE4 and amyloidosis are both present, the likelihood of cognitive decline is substantial," he said.

- Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Associate Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, The Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Neurological Care

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