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Local Study Finds Early Alzheimer's Signs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 9, 2010
The study comes from UC Davis. Lead author Laurel Beckett says the goal was to identify warning signs in fit seniors.

“They may already be showing some of the pathology for Alzheimer’s even though they’re very healthy old people.”

Researchers looked at data from more than 800 older adults and found that abnormal brain scan images combined with irregular chemicals in the cerebral spinal fluid may offer the earliest signs.

“We have found patterns that seem to be more predictive. Eventually we really hope to be able to push this back into some kind of standard test. Sort of the way that everyone should get colorectal cancer screening. We don’t have that yet for Alzheimer’s.”

Beckett will be presenting the findings to the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Honolulu this weekend.
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