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Alzheimer’s disease may be transmissible, some experts say—but only in rare, unusual circumstances. Here’s how

Alzheimer’s disease may be transmissible, some experts say—but only in rare, unusual circumstances. Here’s how

By ERIN PRATER, Fortune 

new paper from U.K. researchers makes what is, to most, a startling assertion: Alzheimer’s disease can apparently be transmitted, in extremely rare and limited circumstances.

Five people—now middle-aged adults—appear to have contracted the disease from medical procedures in the late 1950s through mid-1980s. The growth-hormone deficient individuals, then children, received donor hormone from cadavers whose brains apparently contained infectious, misfolded proteins that lead to often-fatal neurodegenerative disease.

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