FOR KIDS: Baby brain, adult disease
Scientists find signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of infants
Web edition: January 24, 2013
Key parts of the brain tend to be smaller in newborns with a certain version of a gene (blue spots). It hints they are at risk of later developing Alzheimer's disease, a disorder affecting memory.
Credit: R. Knickmeyer et al.
Illnesses like the memory disorder known as Alzheimer’s disease are linked to particular changes in the brain. This disease typically doesn’t show up until late in adulthood. But telltale hints that it may be coming can appear much, much earlier.
Like at birth.
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