More on Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

An op-ed by Dr. Sanjay Pimplikar in today’s New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/opinion/20pimplikar.html?_r=1&th&emc=th) also warns against early detection when there is no available cure or disease-modifying treatment. He also cautions about the potential financial and emotional burdens of early detection.

When I mention early detection to people, they almost invariably respond, “I wouldn’t want to know”. And yet they would rarely say that about having a chance for early detection of breast cancer or heart disease.

That is because Alzheimer’s remains a diagnosis without hope. We can change that, even before we find a cure.

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