Patient reports of cognitive trouble may signal early Alzheimer's, studies show

07/18/2013 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Data presented at an Alzheimer's disease conference reveal an association between subjective cognitive decline and development of Alzheimer's disease. Four research teams reported similar findings that patients with self-reported concerns about memory and cognition showed greater risks of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia later in life. One study conducted PET scans using amyloid tracing agent C-11 Pittsburgh Compound B and found that patients who expressed concerns about their cognitive function showed more evidence of beta-amyloid protein buildup than patients who did not report memory concerns.

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