Many early dementia cases 'go unnoticed'

Many early dementia cases 'go unnoticed'

Early indicators of dementia are often missed by medical professionals, a new study has revealed.

University of Leicester research found that while moderate to severe dementia was detected in eight out of ten cases, general practitioners (GPs) only identified around 45 per cent of people in the early stages of dementia.

Dr Alex Mitchell, of the hospital, explained that patients with mild dementia may avoid mentioning worrying memory problems and GPs are sometimes uncertain of the value of screening tests.

"This study highlights for the first time that GPs trying to identify dementia actually make more false positive errors, with misidentifications outnumbering missed cases at least two to one," he continued.

Meanwhile, testosterone therapy has been found to improve memory in post-menopausal women, according to findings to be presented at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

This suggests that the hormone could be used to combat dementia.

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