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Research reveals link between dementia gene and ‘severe Covid-19'

Posted On: 26 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Week

Research reveals link between dementia gene and ‘severe Covid-19'

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More than 850,000 people in the UK have dementia
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Dementia patients ‘twice as likely' to suffer severe coronavirus symptoms
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The Week Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 3:08pm
People who are genetically predisposed to dementia have a higher risk of severe coronavirus symptoms, researchers have revealed.
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Why is coronavirus more deadly for men than women? Race and coronavirus: who is most at risk? Coronavirus: who is most at risk? Statistics on age, sex, pregnancy and health conditions The study, published in Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , says Europeans with two faulty copies of a gene known as APOE e4, a variant that makes dementia more likely, are more than twice as likely to develop severe coronavirus.
“It is not just age: this is an example of a specific gene variant causing vulnerability in some people,” David Melzer, a professor of epidemiology and public health at Exeter University and a co-author of...

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