25 May 2009

Late-life dementia risk index

Predicting risk of dementia in older adults
American Academy of Neurology: 13 May 2009
A new tool can help predict whether people age 65 and older have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Research on the tool is published in the May 13, 2009, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“This new risk index could be very important both for research and for people at risk of developing dementia and their families,” said study author Deborah E. Barnes, PhD, MPH, of the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and member of the American Academy of Neurology. “It could be used to identify people at high risk for dementia for studies on new drugs or prevention methods. The tool could also identify people who have no signs of dementia but should be monitored closely, allowing them to begin treatment as soon as possible, and potentially helping them maintain their thinking and memory skills and quality of life longer.” … > full press release : review by MedPage Today (includes audio report)

Additional news coverage from ABC (USA) (includes video clip 1:07) : ITWire

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