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Mayo Clinic Study Continues to Refine Most Effective Methods to Predict Alzheimer's Disease
Date:7/14/2009

for mild cognitive impairment (including a memory test as well as other assessments of cognitive function) were studied as possible predictors for eventual development of Alzheimer's disease. The team found that the clinical criteria for mild cognitive impairment was better able to predict who was going to develop Alzheimer's disease in the future.

"As the baby boomers age into the period of risk for Alzheimer's disease, we're talking about a significant number of individuals who may become cognitively impaired in the very near future," says Dr. Petersen. "Consequently, we need information like this about the best methods of early prediction so that we can develop therapies to prevent or treat the condition and avoid being overwhelmed by the burden of these individuals on the health care system."

Other members of the Mayo Clinic research team included David Knopman, M.D.; Bradley Boeve, M.D.; Ruth Cha; V. Shane Pankratz, Ph.D.; Yonas Geda, M.D.; Rosebud Roberts, M.B.Ch.B.; and Clifford Jack, M.D.

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