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Marshfield study mixes DNA into electronic medical record to screen for Alzheimer's

Marshfield Clinic has embarked on a novel project to match genetic information from Alzheimer's patients with environmental factors that may contribute to the disease.

The two-year project is the first to tap the more than 18,000 DNA samples Marshfield Clinic has gathered for its Personalized Medicine Research Project, one of the nation's larg......

Full article >>> what are called mini mental exams, basically short lists of questions that are commonly used in clinical settings to confirm that the person truly does not have the disease.

"It might be that someone already is exhibiting some of the earlier signs but hasn't come in yet," McCarty said. "It's important for our study to very carefully decide who does and does not have Alzheimer's disease."<......

Full article >>> nd genetics," McCarty theorized. "Maybe we'll say 'A-ha! Somebody with this genetic makeup might be best-off starting to take a statin when they're 50, and that will either delay or prevent the onset of the disease."

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