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New Criteria for Alzheimer's Diagnosis Proposed
Date:7/14/2010

"a diagnosis of Alzheimer's used to be a diagnosis of exclusion."

If a patient had cognitive impairment that interfered with their social functioning, then Alzheimer's disease was the diagnosis by excluding all other causes, he explained.

"These new criteria are based on the fact that new science is showing that we actually have biomarkers that are sensitive to early Alzheimer's disease," Loewenstein said.

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For more information on Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association.

SOURCES: Mony de Leon, Ed.D., professor, department of psychiatry, and director, Center for Brain Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Martin Goldstein, M.D., assistant professor, and director, department of neurology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; David Loewenstein, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; July 13, 2010, Alzheimer's Association meeting, Honolulu


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