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USC seeks twins with Alzheimer’s for study

by Rebekah Blume, Contributing Writer

July 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

Researchers at the University of Southern California are seeking twins with Alzheimer’s for a study that seeks to help researchers understand risk factors for the disease. Participants will be interviewed about their life histories and their experience with Alzheimer’s. The interviews can take place by phone, in the homes of the participants or at the university campus.

The families of twins with Alzheimer’s can also contact the university about the study.

Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, affects memory and behavior as neurons in the brain begin to malfunction. One in eight older Americans is affected by the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Age is the strongest known risk factor influencing the development of Alzheimer’s. People with close relatives diagnosed with the disease are also at a greater risk. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there is evidence that many lifestyle choices, including mental, social and physical stimulation, can help decrease the risk of developing the disease or postpone its symptoms.

For more information about the USC study, call (213) 740-7555 or e-mail jsteuer@usc.edu.

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