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Scientists make Alzheimer's breakthrough

Published on 09/09/2009
Three genes linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease have been discovered by British and French researchers.

A study of 16,000 DNA samples led to the find, details of which were published in the journal Nature Genetics.

Andrew Scheuber, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said that the news was "really exciting".

"Scientists will be able to work out the pathway that these genes take when they cause the disease," he said.

"They will be able to tweak that pathway and hopefully that might lead to new kinds of treatment."

Mr Scheuber also suggested that activities such as playing cards, chess and bridge may lead to a "slightly lower risk of dementia".

A total of 700,000 people in the UK have dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Research Trust and it costs the British economy £17 billion annually.

There is not currently an effective treatment or cure for the condition, which occurs as a result of nerve cells in the brain dying.
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