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New Method to Reveal Alzheimer's Marker Shows Promise
Date:4/17/2012

scan -- and whether it is worth it considering what we can do for such patients."

There's no cure for Alzheimer's and no way to reverse it, although drugs are available to treat symptoms. Still, Jagust said, detecting beta-amyloids may be helpful as a way to determine whether experimental drugs actually work.

The study is slated for presentation at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, which starts April 21 in New Orleans.

The data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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For more about Alzheimer's disease, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

--Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: William Jagust, M.D., professor, neuroscience, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley; presentation, American Academy of Neurology annual meeting (April 21-28, 2012), New Orleans; AAN news release


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