EEG puts early eye on Alzheimer's

April 13, 2007 at 11:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say electroencephalograms may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging study found that many people in the earliest stage of Alzheimer's disease are often not aware of their progressing memory loss.

Family members often believe the changes are simply due to aging, and even personal physicians may be reluctant to initiate testing.

"The advantage of using a modified EEG to detect these early changes is that it is non-invasive, simple to do, can be repeated when necessary and can be done in a physician's office," said Dr. Christopher Clark, a neurologist who is associate director of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer's Disease Center at Penn and director of the Penn Memory Center.

"This makes it an ideal method to screen elderly individuals for the earliest indication of this common scourge of late life," he said.

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