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Finding Alzheimer's Disease Earlier

Electrical brain test detects onset of neurological deterioration

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FRIDAY, August 8, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- A new electrical brain test can detect the onset of Alzheimer's disease at stages earlier than ever before.

So says a study in the new issue of the Journal of Clinical Electroencephalography.

The study by brain researcher Dr. Eric Braverman suggests the 10-minute electrical brain-mapping test could be an important aid for doctors. That's because early detection of Alzheimer's means more effective treatment options with higher rates of success.

"Through targeted interventions -- including drugs, natural hormones, nutrition and diet -- we can reverse the onset of disease, but the results are far better early on, before the condition progresses. That's why early detection is critical," Braverman says in a news release.

He tested more than 1,500 people who were patients at his New York City practice.

"For the first time, this test gives us the ability to identify patients who are developing Alzheimer's before they actually get the disease," says Braverman, who is physician-director of PATH Medical, a neuro-psychiatric research group.

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SOURCE: PATH Medical, news release, July 24, 2003
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