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Using MRI Scans To Predict Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by: MySeniorCare Staff
4/26/2011 3:28:16 PM

According to a recent study, it's possible that MRI brain scans can assist in predicting which adults in the early stages of memory problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease later in life.

This new study published in Radiology, showed a pattern of thinning in the brain's cerebral cortex - repsonsible for memory, attention amd language - among patients more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease.

Experts were quick to point out that determining who will develop Alzheimer's earlier will not, unfortunately, mean any direct advancements in treating the disease. Although there are some new drugs on the market that may temporarily improve thinking skills or memory retainment in some early stage patients, there are still no treatments or drugs that prevent or cure Alzheimer's Disease.

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