April 20, 2018

When should Alzheimer’s be diagnosed?

By Karl W Oestreich

MPR
by Kerri Miller

New research conducted by a national coalition, which included doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., might redefine Alzheimer's. Physicians are looking at physical changes in the brain, using scans and spinal taps, which may signal that a patient has Alzheimer's before symptoms appear. The doctors will continue to rely on the diagnostic tools they've long used to determine whether a patient has Alzheimer's. Two guests joined host Kerri Miller to talk about this development in Alzheimer's research…Dr. Ronald Petersen directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Professor Susan Wolf is the is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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MPR, What’s on MPR News today? 4/17/18 by Bob Collins — MPR News at 11 a.m. — Researchers at the Mayo have developed a new brain scan and spinal fluid test that could look for physical changes in the brain that could signal Alzheimer’s. Most diseases have physical markers such as diabetes. Two guests will join host Kerri Miller to talk about this development in Alzheimer’s research. Dr. Ronald Peterson directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Professor Susan Wolf is the is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Context: Ron Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Petersen is regularly sought out by reporters as a leading expert in his medical field. Dr. Petersen chairs the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

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