Study shows adequate sleep may help prevent dementia for African Americans with genetic risk factor

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Could something as basic as a good night’s sleep protect African Americans who have a gene variant linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease by neuroscientists at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rutgers University-Newark points to this possibility for carriers of a variation that is the most common genetic risk factor for African Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s at twice the rate of white people.

“This new finding suggests that someone with a high-risk variant might be able to overcome their genetic inheritance by improving their sleep habits,” said Bernadette Fausto, Research Faculty at CMBN, who is the lead author on this new study.

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