The earlier we are able to detect a disease, the better the chance we have in slowing down its progression. This holds true for Alzheimer’s disease. “People with Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from earlier diagnosis if a long-term memory test combined with a brain scan were carried out, a study suggests.” Currently our means of detection are designed for short-term memory, according to the study and is limited in its ability to detect Alzheimer’s in its early stages.

The scientists suggest that brain scans might be able to detect early deficits in combination with a memory test. Dr Vassilios Beglopoulos, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, said: “It is widely acknowledged that earlier intervention is needed to effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease, and better diagnostic tools are needed for that. We believe that our approach could make a significant contribution.”   click for more