6/12/2012 – Common genetic Alzheimer’s risk factor disrupts healthy older women’s brain function, but not men’s

For every two men diagnosed with Alzheimer’s there are three women who have it. The primary risk factor for Alzheimer’s is, of course, old age – and it’s true that women tend to live longer than men. But even after correcting for this longevity difference, the ratio of female to male Alzheimer’s patients remains skewed toward women.

A just-published Journal of Neuroscience study led by Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Mike Greicius, MD, may go a long way toward explaining why that’s the case.

Read the full article at Scope.