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By Andy Ratana, 11:14 am on February 21, 2016

Researchers are becoming increasingly interested in studying Down syndrome as a way to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s at an earlier age, which is why the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institutes of Health and other researchers in the field of aging are focusing more efforts on Down syndrome research. Currently, one of the greatest known risk factors for Alzheimer’s is advanced age. One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, while more than 75% of people…

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