by Mary Beth Sammons
Mar 1st 2011 12:45PM
First, moms were blamed for the baldness gene. Now, Mommy Dearest is getting the bad rap for putting kids at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Research has already shown that people with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease are four to 10 times more likely to contract the condition. But a new study provides evidence that the chances of getting Alzheimer’s are worse if your mother, rather than your father, had it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The findings, reported in the journal Neurology, however, don’t mean children of mothers with Alzheimer’s disease will develop the condition, Jeffrey Burns, director of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s and Memory Program, which conducted the study, tells the Wall Street Journal.
“It’s not clear on an individual basis how much this risk applies,” he tells the newspaper.
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