NEW TEST DETECTS EARLY ALZHEIMER'S
(World Entertainment; 09/14/98)
SEP. 14) WENN - BULLETIN - ONE - NEW TEST DETECTS EARLY ALZHEIMER'S A new
test for Alzheimer's disease can detect those at risk two years before they
develop definitive symptoms. But the computer- based test will only be useful
once effective drugs are available to slow the course of the disease. Currently
it would give those about to suffer crippling memory loss an unwelcome warning.
The test, conducted on a touchscreen computer, measures the ability to lay down
new short-term memories, something that declines in those developing
Alzheimer's. The test was developed by Britain's Cambridge University. It is
being commercialised by a spin-off company, CeNes, which claims it can
distinguish from normal ageing as well as other forms of dementia and
depression. Variations of the Alzheimer's test can also be used to check
patients with Parkinson's disease and Huntington's chorea.