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Health Agencies Update
August 23/30, 2006

Age-Related Dementia

JAMA. 2006;296(8):924. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.924-b

Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Md, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, have found that gene mutations first identified as the cause of the rare inherited metabolic disorder, Gaucher disease, may also contribute to the development of a relatively common neurodegenerative disease known as dementia with Lewy bodies, or DLB (Goker-Alpan O et al. Neurology. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000230215.41296.18 [published online ahead of print June 21, 2006]).

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