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August 2013

Food for Thought

Author Affiliations
  • 1Gerontology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.
JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(8):967-968. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.3288

In this month's issue, the article by Hanson and colleagues1 makes a serious effort to understand whether dietary factors can affect the biology of Alzheimer disease (AD). Although their sample size is small and their analyses complex, the answer is a very tentative “yes.” More interestingly, the authors also ask how this effect might occur, and their preliminary findings provide some tantalizing food for thought.

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