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CNN featured a study co-led by Valter Longo that described how patients with Laron syndrome appear to be at reduced risk of heart attack and other illnesses. “We have shown in studies people with Laron have a very low incidence of cancer, diabetes and cognitive decline. Brain scans have shown they have more youthful brains — the equivalent of someone 20 years younger. I have yet to see a case of Alzheimer’s in this population,” Longo said. “It doesn’t mean that they are immune to these diseases, but people with Laron syndrome certainly seem to be very protected. … This is how powerful this mutation seems to be.” The story also appeared on CTV News (Canada).

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