Alzheimer’s hits minorities earlier

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African-Americans have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (13.8 percent) among people ages 65 and older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

That means African-Americans are about two times more likely than white Americans to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and Latinos are one-and-one-half times more likely. Because of population growth, Hispanic Americans will see the largest projected increase in cases.

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How language can impact Alzheimer’s trials

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According to interviews with doctors, government officials and pharmaceutical companies, few Alzheimer’s studies include medical interpreters to help patients complete the specialized neuropsychological testing component required.

One of the challenges is that clinicians and researchers have strongly cautioned against using interpreters to facilitate neuropsychological testing based on clinical experiences, observations and anecdotal evidence that they affect outcomes, according to a study published in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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