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EARLY COGNITIVE CHANGES

ANCHOR LEAD: HOW EARLY DO SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE APPEAR?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Pinpointing early changes in cognition may help physicians recognize the likely develop of Alzheimer’s disease and one day implement interventions.  A recent study in the journal Neurology suggests the pace of those cognitive changes may be assessed.  Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.

LYKETSOS:  What this study out of Chicago out of the CHAP cohort is suggesting is that in the early symptomatic state of MCI, the changes in cognition that are happening are already several  times faster than normal aging, so that will allow us potentially to detect very early changes systematically and to use those rates of change as a target for the development of new drugs to see if they could slow down this pace of change.   :30

So some type of cognitive assessment may be appropriate periodically throughout adulthood.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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