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November 30, 2016
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Extended family in Colombia may help scientists prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Antioquia, Colombia, is home to the largest concentration of people with a rare genetic mutation that makes them nearly 100 percent certain to develop Alzheimer’s disease. “60 Minutes” reports on a family at the center of a multimillion-dollar, National Institutes of Health study. The Alzheimer's Association has led additional public/private funding to the Banner Alzheimer's Institute to further research to determine if Alzheimer's disease may be preventable.

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Actress remembers her grandmother and best friend lost to Alzheimer’s
Katie Stevens was 15 years old when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and she lost her to the disease in 2015. The actress and Alzheimer’s Association Celebrity Champion writes, “Alzheimer’s may have taken her mind and her strength, but it could never take away her love, her kindness and her beautiful heart.”
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We may be able to influence some Alzheimer's risk factors
Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. The most important risk factors — age, family history and heredity — can't be changed, but evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.
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