29 January 2008

Portable device detects mild cognitive impairment

New device could make testing Alzheimer’s easier
Emory University Student Newspaper: 25 January 2008
New technology developed by Emory and Georgia Tech researchers could aid the early identification of people susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.

A portable device called Detect may provide an easier, less expensive way to test for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often leads to Alzheimer’s. The test could provide potential Alzheimer’s patients the chance to slow the disease’s progress with medication before serious symptoms set in…. > full story : Georgia Tech news release

Comments from Alzheimer's Australia Research Officer, Suzanne Dixon: Commercialisation of the device will probably take some time, but if proven to be effective, this test would be a significant stride forward in diagnosis. The limitations in treating or reversing the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease makes early diagnosis critical; however, current tests, which are longer, more expensive and less reliable, are often only requested once the brain damage is irreversible. (18 February 2008)

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