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US adds $33m to trial of new drug to prevent Alzheimer’s

NEW YORK — In a significant effort to discover a treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the federal government on Wednesday announced a $33.2 million grant for a project that will test a drug on people considered at greatest risk for developing the most common form of the disease.

The grant, part of the government’s national Alzheimer’s plan, will help finance a large clinical trial to test a treatment on people 60 to 75 years old who do not have any symptoms of the disease but do have two copies of a gene known to greatly increase the risk of getting it.

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