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Major New Study to Demonstrate Value of PET Scans in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

20. May 2015

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By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist, Division of Research A new, $100 million, four-year study will determine the clinical usefulness and value in diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan that detects amyloid plaques, a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has […]

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Depression Increases Risk of Dementia in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

21. December 2011

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Depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a substantively increased risk of development of dementia compared to those with diabetes alone, according to Andrew Karter, PhD and Rachel Whitmer, PhD. The researchers collaborated with the University of Washington on a study – among the first (and largest to date) to examine all-cause dementia in […]

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Heavy smoking doubles risk of Alzheimers or vascular dementia

21. January 2011

The first study to look at the long-term effects of heavy smoking on dementia risk found that heavy smoking – two packs or more a day — in midlife more than doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. “This study shows that the brain is not immune to the long-term consequences of […]

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