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Researchers also found a link between higher pressure and one of the signs of Alzheimer’s – tangles of a protein called tau – but not another Alzheimer’s hallmark, amyloid plaques. This needs further research to understand the implications, Arvanitakis said.

“It’s a pretty strong study,” said James Hendrix, director of global science initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association. “Autopsy data is really powerful,” he said.