People with family history of AD more likely to have amyloid plaques

03/16/2010 | Reuters

Researchers using PET with Pittsburgh Compound B to image beta amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, found that the brains of healthy people who had a father or a mother with the disease were more likely to contain amyloid plaques. However, the chances were higher for those who had mothers with the disease. The findings could aid in the development of new methods for the earlier identification of the people most likely to develop the disease.

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