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African Americans Appear To Be Twice As Likely Than Whites To Have Alzheimer’s, Research Suggests.

January 28, 2019

USA Today (1/28, Brooks) reports that compared with whites, African Americans appear to be “‘twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s, less likely to receive a diagnosis, and more likely to be diagnosed in later stages,’ says Joanne Pike, vice president of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago.” Indeed, this is borne out by “a number of studies.” Unfortunately, “one of the problems with determining the reason for the higher rate of Alzheimer’s cases is that African Americans are not well represented in clinical trials, research studies and screenings that produce earlier diagnoses.”

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