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Five-minute test 'could double dementia diagnoses'

Five-minute test 'could double dementia diagnoses'
15th June 2009

A memory test which is capable of detecting the early stages of Alzheimer's disease has been created by medical professionals that could help people who are concerned about dementia.

Funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, Cambridge students were able to compile a list of ten tasks including the ability to copy a sentence, calculation, verbal fluency and recall ability, with a maximum score of 50 points and healthy participants averaging 47 after five minutes.

Rebecca Wood, the chief executive of the ART, said she was happy with the results.

She continued: "This new memory test is a big step forward in efforts to spot the early signs of dementia. It works well on people of all social classes and educational backgrounds.

"Two-thirds of the 700,000 people in the UK with dementia remain undiagnosed, which is why the Alzheimer’s Research Trust funded this significant study."

"The ART is dedicated to finding ways to treat Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease and fronto-temporal dementia."

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