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New Recommendations for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association have released new guidelines on the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

The guidelines recognize mild cognitive impairment as a precursor to the development of Alzheimer's disease.  The guidelines recognize that this condition presents itself gradually over time, first with pre clinical changes to the brain causing deposits of a protein called amyloid to develop.  This is followed by memory and other cognitive decline and finally dementia.

Early recongition of this condition though the use of PET scans, spinal fluid studies and MRI studies to see the pre-clincical changes to the brain are important for early intervention to slow down the rate of the disease's progress.

Listen to a video posted on the Washington Post web site by clicking here.



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