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Dementia

06 September 2011

Short-term memory loss a predictor of Alzheimer's

Mild cognitive impairment - marked by a loss in short-term memory in particular - may be a stronger predictor of Alzheimer's disease than so-called "biomarkers".

Mild cognitive impairment - marked by a loss in short-term memory in particular - may be a stronger predictor of Alzheimer's disease than so-called "biomarkers," which include things such as changes in brain volume or levels of certain proteins in cerebrospinal fluid, a new study suggests.

People with MCI can generally recall events in the more distant past in detail, however, and are usually able to reason, solve problems and communicate well with others in spite of relatively minor memory loss. In addition, not all cases of MCI progress to Alzheimer's disease.

How the study was done

 

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