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Memory and thinking tests ‘can predict Alzheimer’s decades in advance’

26th June 2015

A new study has indicated that the results of memory and thinking tests can sometimes reveal signs of Alzheimer's disease nearly two decades before it can currently be diagnosed.

The research saw 2,125 people with an average age of 73 without Alzheimer's disease were given tests of memory and thinking skills every three years for 18 years.

Those who scored lower overall on the memory and thinking tests had an increased risk of developing the disease. During the first year of the study, people with lower test scores were about ten times more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease than people with higher scores.

Based on tests completed 13 to 18 years before the final assessments took place, one unit lower in performance of the standardised cognitive test score was associated with an 85 percent greater risk of future dementia.

Study author Dr Kumar Rajan at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said: "The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer's disease begin decades before."

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting almost 500,000 people in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801792555-ADNFCR

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