Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods Raise Odds of Alzheimer’s

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Living in an under served neighbourhood has been linked to all manner of health problems and disadvantages, and a new study adds Alzheimer’s disease to the list. In a paper published June 11 in JAMA Network Open, researchers led by Amy Kind at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, made use of the Neighbourhood Atlas—a map of neighbourhoods in the United States ranked by their level of disadvantage—to tie the presence of AD neuropathology in postmortem brain samples to the quality of the neighbourhood in which the donors had lived. The findings support the idea that social determinants influence neurodegenerative disease, and provide a freely accessible metric that could inform future studies.

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