Author Archives: Magdalena Kegel

JHU Study Offers Additional Evidence that Cardiovascular Risk Factors Drive Alzheimer’s Development

Cardiovascular risk factors in middle age contribute later in life to amyloid-beta plaque in the brain, according to a comprehensive study that followed adults for more than 20 years. The findings underscore the idea that lifestyle factors are crucial drivers of Alzheimer’s disease. Importantly, this signals that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable, since…

FDA Approves 23andMe’s $199 Genetic Tests for Risk of Late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Americans who want to assess their risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease may now order $199 genetic tests, now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed 23andMe to sell such genetic analyses directly to consumers. Besides Alzheimer’s, the Mountain View, Calif., company has received authorization for reports on Parkinson’s disease, hereditary…