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Alzheimer's disease and cancer 'may stave each other off'

Alzheimer's disease and cancer 'may stave each other off'
24th December 2009

People with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to get cancer and those with cancer have a significantly lower likelihood of getting the neurodegenerative disease, it has been concluded.

Recent research from Washington University in St Louis looked into the medical histories of 3,000 older people to conclude that people with the most common form of dementia were the least likely to see a quick onset of cancer.

Publishing her results in Neurology, lead author of the study Catherine M Roe concluded that while this may be the case for Alzheimer's disease, it seems that vascular dementia does not have any links with cancer, though she was hopeful that the other results would push research forward.

She continued: "What we hope is that if we ultimately find that there is a connection between Alzheimer's and cancer, that that will tell us more about the diseases and pinpoint some of the mechanisms that might be involved in both."

Earlier in the month, research from Boston University Medical Center discovered that leptin, a hormone linked to the prevention of over-eating, could be connected to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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