AAIC 2017: Racial disparities in dementia risk highlighted by new data

Written by Martha Powell, Future Science Group

New data, from a series of studies presented at 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017; 16–20 July, London, UK), has highlighted racial inequalities in the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the US. The research has suggested that dementia risk factors, such as early-life stress and infant mortality rate, appear to disproportionately affect African Americans in the population, contributing to racial disparity. One study, led by Megan Zuelsdorff (University of Wisconsin, WI, USA), examined the impact of stressful life experiences on cognition. As part of the wider Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) study, the team examined...

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