Research on Alzheimer’s disease has largely focused on a type of protein that builds up in the brains in older persons. Unfortunately, experimental drugs designed to target Alzheimer’s symptoms have been disappointing. A newer theory is that Alzheimer’s is actually a developmental disorder that begins in a person’s brain much earlier in life.
According to the journal Neurology, a new study found changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease as soon as early childhood in people with a heighten genetic risk for the disease. While much more research will be needed as the children of the study grow older, hopefully additional research will help lead to effective treatment for this devastating disease.