Alzheimer's Worsens Faster in Women, Study Finds

Researchers said Tuesday women with memory problems that may signal early Alzheimer's descend into dementia twice as fast as men.
The Alzheimer's Association says women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as they are to get breast cancer.
Researchers told the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. that two-thirds of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's are women.
Katherine Lin of Duke University and colleagues studied 400 people with mild cognitive impairment — a loss of memory and thinking skills that can become Alzheimer's.
They used an 11-part test that's routine for diagnosing memory loss and Alzheimer's. They found that women declined at a rate of more than two points a year on the test, compared to men- who declined at a rate of just over one point a year.



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