Medical News and Perspectives
January 2, 2013

Studies Suggest Potential Approaches for Early Detection of Alzheimer Disease

JAMA. 2013;309(1):18-19. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.105106

New Orleans— By the time a patient is diagnosed with even mild Alzheimer disease (AD), evidence suggests that the abnormal accumulation of amyloid and tau proteins in the brain, 2 hallmarks of the disorder, has been under way for 10 to 20 years.

Many experts concur that identifying the disease early, even before symptoms of mild cognitive impairment arise, could provide a better opportunity to hinder its progression. A number of strategies under study were recently discussed at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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