Gene Linked To Alzheimer’s Affects Brain Development In Children, Study Finds
The findings, published Wednesday by the journal Neurology, suggest that it may be useful to think of Alzheimer's as a developmental disorder.
Los Angeles Times:
Brain Changes Wrought By Gene Linked To Alzheimer’s May Begin In Childhood, Scientists Say
The gene that makes some people more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease as adults also affects the brain development and mental abilities of children, a new study shows. Researchers who examined brain scans of 1,187 kids and teens found distinct patterns in the size and structure of the cortex, hippocampus and other important structures. These patterns were linked with different versions of a gene known as APOE, which may play a role in up to 25% of Alzheimer’s cases. (Kaplan, 7/13)
In other public health news —
From Paris To Sacramento, Parkour Offers Physical, Mental Conditioning
Small communities throughout California make use of Facebook pages and forums to schedule jams, or meet-ups. Jenks said the Northern Californian parkour community meets once a month, and in June more than 100 local traceurs met with members of other parkour groups from Europe, Asia and South America. In 2011, the San Francisco parkour group hosted the San Francisco National Jam, with others attending satellite jams at UC Berkeley, Oakland and Pleasanton. ... lle Beyer, a co-founder of Free Flow Academy in Roseville, said the only requirement for a traceur is the right conditioning. “It’s a movement community, using parkour as a platform for fitness,” Beyer said. “You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete. Everyone works from the ground up.” (Hice, 7/13)