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Risk of delayed detection of Alzheimer's uncovered

Risk of delayed detection of Alzheimer's uncovered
24th January 2008

A new study has revealed that there could be a delayed detection of Alzheimer's disease in people who have had fewer years of education.

Published in the Archives of Neurology, the discovery was made by researchers at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis.

A study by the group found that patients with more years of education tended to be diagnosed with the disease earlier, yet those with fewer years of schooling were found to be more severely impaired during their first visit to the disease centre, Medical News Today reports.

Catherine Roe, PhD and neurology research instructor at the ADRC, said: "Early detection of Alzheimer's disease is important as we progress toward treatments and cures because those treatments will need to be applied as early as possible to have the maximum possible benefit."

People with higher levels of education may have a job or hobby that makes them more likely to discover their may be cognitively impaired, she explained.

In related news, researcher from UCLA recently found that arthritis treatment Etanercept can help improve an Alzheimer's patient's thinking skills, Alzheimer's Research Trust reports.

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