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Old 01-19-2011, 10:16 AM
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Two Tests Could Aid in Risk Assessment and Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s


From “The New York Times”, published January 18, 2011…

“Researchers are reporting major advances toward resolving two underlying problems involving Alzheimer’s disease: How do you know if someone who is demented has it? And how can you screen the general population to see who is at risk?

One study, reported in The New York Times, evaluated a new type of brain scan that can detect plaques that are uniquely characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

The second study asked whether a blood test could detect beta amyloid, the protein fragment that makes up Alzheimer’s plaque, and whether blood levels of beta amyloid were associated with a risk of memory problems.”

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Huh. I think my stepdad is starting to get dementia (he had a stroke several years ago) but trying to convince him to get a test like that would be like trying to pull out a tiger's tooth without anesthesia.
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