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Cancer, chemotherapy reduce Alzheimer’s risk, study finds

A sweeping study from Boston scientists finds that survivors of many cancers appear to have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, especially those treated with chemotherapy.

The results reported Monday generated buzz among scientists about possible new approaches to fighting the mind-robbing illness, including treatment with some variation of chemotherapy. The connection between the diseases also points to little-explored triggers for Alzheimer’s that could be targeted by researchers trying to develop medications.

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