April 8, 2010

Quick, easy memory test can predict Alzheimer’s, study finds


A cheap and easy memory test can predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease with almost perfect accuracy, a research study has found. The results “were in the 90 to 95 per cent range,” Dr. Michael Wenger, associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University, told the Star on Tuesday.


“I didn’t honestly expect it.” Wenger, working with specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., gave a variety of groups the “gold standard” of tests used to distinguish normal aging memory loss from a brain degeneration such as Alzheimer’s.


The Star, by Lesley Ciarula Taylor, 4/7/2010


Additional coverage: Healthzone.ca

Tags: alzheimer's disease, Dr. Michael Wenger, Neurology, Psychology and Psychiatry

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