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Date:6/10/2009

t thinking, such as depression."

William Thies, vice president for medical and scientific affairs at the Alzheimer's Association, said he thinks the TYM exam needs to be tried in many more places with many more people before it could be widely used.

"This is really only the beginning of establishing the credibility of this test," Thies said. "You need to make sure it works in broad portions of the population."

To be widely used, the test needs to take into account the cultural and language differences of various groups, Thies said.

But if the test meets all these challenges, it could be useful in identifying people who do not need further evaluation, he said. "As a triage tool, this might be pretty good," he said.

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The Alzheimer's Association has more on Alzheimer's disease.



SOURCES: Jeremy Brown, M.D., consultant neurologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England; Claire Nicholl, B.Sc., F.R.C.P., consultant physician, Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England; William Thies, Ph.D., vice president, medical and scientific relations, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago; June 9, 2009, BMJ, online


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