BREAKING NEWS: New Recommendations for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Experts Propose 3 Stages Aimed at Earlier Detection
By Kathleen Doheny
Experts from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association have issued suggestions to update the criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

The new proposed criteria will be the first update in 26 years.

”The last set of criteria for Alzheimer’s disease [diagnosis] were originally developed in 1984,” says William Thies, PhD, chief medical and scientific officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “We know a lot more now than we did before, so the new criteria are a reaction to that knowledge,” he tells WebMD.

The draft reports for the new criteria were presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Honolulu.

The criteria, aimed at better and earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease, cover three stages believed to exist today: pre-clinical Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, and the last stage, Alzheimer’s dementia.

Read more here at Web MD

Also check out more news on this topic at the New York Times and Reuters.

Blogger’s note: This is a huge change in the diagnosis and care for those with Alzheimer’s disease! Stay tuned as we keep you updated on how this impacts insurance, health care and more. -SP

NEWS: Loss of Smell Function May Predict Early Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

ScienceDaily (Jan. 13, 2010) — A study published in the January 13, 2010 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience links a loss of smell function in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) model animals with amyloid  (protein) accumulation in the brain, a distinguishing hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Research conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center suggests that olfactory dysfunction, a common symptom of AD, may serve as an early diagnostic tool for the disease.

Read more at ScienceDaily.com.