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  • 06.7.11

    Alzheimer’s Disease Screening Coming to a Corner Near You?

    The Los Angeles Times | Shari Roan

    Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and incurable, but doctors say there is still value in having the disease diagnosed as early as possible. Drugs can be taken to treat some of the symptoms of the disease, they say. And just knowing that you have the disease can help with planning for the future. PET scans that show the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease by detecting a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid will reach the marketplace within a year, researchers reported Monday at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. While scientists work out the best way to conduct screening for the disease, consumers will need to decide if they want to have a brain scan.

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