One of the most difficult diagnoses in elderly patients is determining the difference between normal, age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer disease (AD). But researchers at the University of California (UC) Davis Medical Center and the Department of Veterans' Affairs Health System have reported that a combination of memory tests and brain scans may help physicians differentiate between patients whose memory loss is from minor strokes deep in the brain and those affected by AD.
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