Alzheimers, Cancer Team Up Less Than Researchers Thought

A new medical study reached a fascinating finding. Alzheimers Disease may somehow protect its victims against getting cancer and cancer may do the same with Alzheimers.

The study reaching this surprising conclusion appears in the new online issue of the scientific journal Neurology.

An excerpt from a press release on the website of the American Academy of Neurology:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — People who have Alzheimer's disease may be less likely to develop cancer, and people who have cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the December 23, 2009, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Discovering the links between these two conditions may help us better understand both diseases and open up avenues for possible treatments," said study author Catherine M. Roe, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Either of these diseases is horrible to contemplate. So it's certainly welcome news that the incidence of both diseases striking the same person is less than researchers expected.

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