ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Did you know that two-thirds of the five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease are women?
Associate Professor of Neurology at Washington University Dr. John Cirrito says his research a decade ago revealed that stress increases the amyloid protein – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
The three-year $250,000 “sex and gender” grant that WashU received, will look at how stress-generated hormones contribute to several dementia-related brain changes. It could lead to changes in detection, diagnosis and therapy based on gender.
“It was an experimental bias that was incorporated,” Cirrito says. “The Alzheimer’s Association among others, are really stressing that…it should be done in both sexes and they’re absolutely right.”
The amyloid protein lasts longer in women than men. However, like most medical research a decade ago, there was no thought to study the gender difference.
Saturday is the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Scottrade Center. KMOX’s Carol Daniel and Mike Claiborne will serve as Co-Chairs.
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