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A Screening Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published in the August 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine gives some hope that a test to determine who is at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease may be on the horizon.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia (loss of mental, or cognitive, capacity) in the later years of life, affecting 8 percent of those over age 65. Approximately 4 million Americans suffer from the disease, and this figure will rise dramatically as the population ages, since the rate of Alzheimer’s rises with age. read more