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Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed early, study says.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

At the 2012 Alzheimer’s International Conference, held in Vancouver, B.C., researchers said recent research has shown that, “Over the course of two decades, doctors in the United States have been diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease earlier—perhaps reflecting development of treatments for the disease.” This study—which involved 1,464 Alzheimer’s patients—looked at two well-established instruments for diagnosing the disease: the “Mini-Mental State Examination” and the “Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale.” It found that over the past 20 years or so, average patient scores on these two tests have changed in ways that, according to researcher Cynthia Murphy of Boston University, “Would indicate that doctors are, indeed, diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease earlier.” In fact, she suggests that these findings—taken along with those of another recent such study of the “Activities of Daily Living” scale—indicate that Alzheimer’s patients are now being “diagnosed one to two years earlier in the disease process.” 

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