Eye Test Spots Alzheimer's Before Symptoms
Preliminary Research Suggests Eye Test May Aid in Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease
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Without early detection, some doctors say, development of effective treatments will be that much harder. They say that some promising drugs may have failed in testing because the studies enrolled people whose disease was too advanced.
"As we work toward the ultimate goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer's, all the pieces are going to have to come together, and one of these pieces is early detection," William E. Klunk, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a member of the Alzheimer's Association’s Medical & Scientific Advisory Council, tells WebMD.
Frost and colleagues plan to continue studying their test in larger numbers of people.
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.