Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Testing At 40 To Predict Alzheimer's Coming Soon to Montgomery County PA

An instant test at 40 to predict Alzheimer’s: Routine screening could be here in two years

Diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease decades before symptoms appear would soon be possible, courtesy a 30-second test being developed by scientists.
The simple procedure, which detects the signs of Alzheimer's in those in their 40s, brings the hope of routine screening for dementia in as little as two years.
Those found to have a tiny piece of tell-tale damage to their brains could take preventative measures such as changing their diet and taking more exercise.
Quicker detection would allow earlier treatment and, with the help of new drugs, some
who test positive might never develop the disease.
"The study lays open the possibilities for screening, early detection and intervention. The earlier we can intervene with people vulnerable to eventual dementia, the greater the chances of preventing or delaying the disease onset," the Daily Mail quoted David Bunce, lead researcher, as saying.
Experts said that delaying the onset of Alzheimer's by five years could halve the number of people who die with the condition, currently a third of over-65s.
At the moment, diagnosis is based on memory tests or expensive brain scans.
By contrast, the computer procedure, based on a simple test of reaction times, would be quick and easy.

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