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Expert panel says “no” to widespread testing for Alzheimer’s, dementia
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Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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Very thoughtful, informative article Stephanie. the thing i liked the most in your article is the chart that you have posted about when to see a doctor, which describes what’s normal and what’s not about forgetting things. so nice of you Stephanie. 🙂
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This is a very thoughtful, informative article. Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks for guidance.
Early detection is key.
As an Australian with access to national health scheme and as a clinical psychologist all I could think of here is that diagnosia is still very difficult to confirm except post Mortimer so imagine all the Americans and expats who are reliant on health insurance who will be denied such ( meaning de bird access and claim denial). There would be a significant number of symptoms that a health or one of your HMOs would consider as related illnesses. Imagine the challenge of arguing against these denials with health insurance companies!
Thank you for the comments
This is a great detection tool.
Alzheimer’s can be cured with the early stages of treatment. It was a scientific information to read and can be treated well during the early stages of the diseases.
There is no cure, early, or at any other time.
Also using “Scholar Google” I found 90,400 citations when searching for “Alzheimer’s prevention strategies”. There are plenty of things that can be applied, especially if someone knows that they are likely to get Alzheimer’s. I think your article has the potential to mislead a lot of people.
The “experts” you quote need to keep up with the literature. They are misinformed. By relying on their unsubstantiated opinions rather than scientific and published facts you are joining them in misleading your readers.
The recommendation made by a panel of experts is ridiculous. Let’s stick our collective heads in the sand. Ignorance is bliss (NOT)! There are at least 3 different tests that do predict whether you will have Alzheimer’s or not. There are different strategies available today to address Alzheimer’s. No, there isn’t a magic pill to take. No magic pill, no cure (NOT)! How about prevention. It would be a lot better if articles like this were written in Latin. It would be easier to keep people in the dark (smiling)
This talk about prevention is very misleading . How can a person who never gets Alzheimer’s say they prevented it . There is no way to prove that . Just because they take a certain pill or eat a certain food or herb does not in any way prove they prevented the disease .They could just be one of the lucky ones who for whatever reason never got Alzheimer’s .There are quite a few of us. The only way to indicate efficacy is to conduct a double blind controlled study of a large population over an entire lifetime . To my knowledge no such study has been conducted .
I was looking for information about dementia tests.
Stephanie, The calculous will turn upside down the day an effective drug for AD is approved by the FDA. A Non-invasive, fast and accurate early AD screen would allow non AD patients with dementia to get help that is more likely to be available to them than those with AD. Also, an AD screening test would facilitate clinical trials by more selectively choosing the right people to be in studies. If you put the question to the US Preventive Services Task Force, ” if a drug is found that can stop or even reverse the progression of AD, wouldn’t an accurate screening test for older people with dementia be strongly recommended?” The answer is yes. The phones of every general practitioner will ring off the hook with people demanding to be screened…. Good article but you missed the bigger issue, treating AD early is turning out to be critical.
While it’s true that there is currently a lack of effective treatment, it is not entirely accurate that there are no reliable screening tools. For example, a team at Cedars-Sinai have developed a retina scanning methodology that allows the identification of amyloid plaques before one develops the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Early days though.
Thank you. Important information.
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