Autism may carry a benefit: a buffer against Alzheimer’s

Brain plasticity of people with the developmental disorder may protect them from dementia

By Laura Sanders, 12:17 PM July 2, 2014

Having autism may protect people from Alzheimer’s. The idea, described June 17 in Medical Hypotheses, is preliminary and will require many more experiments before scientists know if it’s correct.

The concept is intriguing, says molecular biologist Cara Westmark of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Looking at connections between autism and Alzheimer’s disease is really exciting,” she says. “Both disorders are showing skyrocketing levels just in the past decade.”

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