April 20, 2018

New Alzheimer’s definition could help prevent onset of symptoms

By Karl Oestreich

First Coast News
by Juliette Dryer

When you think of Alzheimer’s Disease, you likely imagine the confusion, memory loss and other symptoms that go along with it. Under a new framework for Alzheimer’s Research, the disease would no longer be First Coast News Logodefined by these symptoms, but rather by physical characteristics in the brain. Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, said the presence of so-called plaques and tangles signals an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis. In the new research framework, people can be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before they show symptoms. “So a person can have Alzheimer’s Disease in the brain when they are absolutely cognitively normal,” Graff-Radford said.

Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.

Context:  Neill Graff-Radford,  M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Dr. Graff-Radford's medical research involves finding genes that help people age without becoming demented. You can read more about his medical research here.

Contact:  Kevin Punsky



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