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Dementia

20 July 2011

Detecting Alzheimer's 20 years before onset

An inherited forms of Alzheimer's disease is likely detectable up to 20 years before loss of memory and impaired thinking appear, according to a study.

An inherited forms of Alzheimer's disease is likely detectable up to 20 years before loss of memory and impaired thinking appear, according to a study.

But the ability to identify early chemical warning signs in the brain holds out the prospect of preventative treatment not just for these patients, but possibly those struck with more common forms of Alzheimer's as well, the researchers said.

 

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