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Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

There are a number of tests for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. This category describes the tests and tells you how doctors and the medical profession is able to tell the difference between one type of dementia and another.
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Biomarkers For Alzheimer's Disease
Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease
Mental Status Examination Diagnostic Tests for Alzheimer's Disease
One of the key diagnostic tests for dementias such as Alzheimer's is the Mental Status Examination (MSE). I explain what the doctor or clinician is looking for when a patient walks into his or her office that will assist in them in making a diagnosis.
How Many Fs? How the Brain Works
It is not a wonder that as Alzheimer's disease disrupts and destroys brain tissue that someone with the disease gets confused, has memory problems and experiences so many other symptoms. A good way to demonstrate this is for someone without Alzheimer's to try this word game.
Word Games and the Brain
Read this. Do you understnd what it is saying? It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The Mini-Cog test takes about 3 miniutes to administer and is often used in emergency departments for people who appear to have some type of dementia like Alzheimer's disease.
Urinalysis -Urine Test
Routine analysis of urine is just one of the tests that your doctor will do if Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia is suspected. Urinalysis (urine tests) screen for abnormalities. Urinalysis can detect a number of diseases or conditions where symptoms may be similar to dementias such as severe renal disease.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
People may sometimes fear the onset of dementia whereas they are experiencing mild cognitive impairment.
Visual Clues to Dementia Diagnosis
There are a number of strong visual clues that can indicate someone may be suffering from a dementia such as Alzheimer's disease. Appearance, dress, personal hygeine may deteriorate. Visual clues are important but provides only one aspect of human behavior and presentation that may lead to diagnosis.
Lumbar Puncture Test
Although uncommon in tests of dementia the lumbar puncture can reveal rare diseases that can mimic the signs of dementia.
Diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's
Currently there are two main sets of diagnostic criteria that are used by the medical profession to define a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Screening for Alzheimer's: Blood Tests
Screening for Alzheimer's: Blood Tests. Before a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is made a number of routine tests will be run in order to rule out conditions that can mimic Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Risk Factors
Are you at risk of Alzheimer's? Risk factors are things that increase your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Basic & Standard Diagnostic Tests
Before a diagnosis of dementia is made a series of tests should be run in order to rule out physical causes.
Simple Word Test Helps Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
A simple word test may be the key to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
Clock Drawing Test
The clock drawing test is an assessment that can be used as a part of a neurological test or as a screening tool for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Mini Mental State
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used to test for memory problems and contribute to a possible diagnosis of dementia.
Diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Defining Dementia
A diagnosis of dementia cannot be made when consciousness is impaired or when other clinical abnormalities prevent other adequate evaluation of mental state.
Withholding a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
It is important to consider a number of issues that can help you make the decision of whether or not to tell someone they have Alzheimer's.
The Importance of Early Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease
Early diagnosis in Alzheimer's allows prompt treatment of reversible symptoms. This can often lead to improvement of cognitive symptoms such as memory problems.
Comparing memory changes in the elderly with Alzheimer's
There are some similarities with memory in the elderly when compared to Alzheimer's, but there are differences too
Biochemical 'barcode' may be the Key to Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Promising research from a team at Northwestern University Illinois suggests that a diagnostic test may be available in the not too distant future.
Weight Loss May Indicate Dementia
A study reported in the Archives of Neurology suggests weight loss may begin up to six years before a diagnosisof dementia.
apoE4 Genotyping
apoE genotyping may help confirm a diagnosis of late onset Alzheimer's.
Smells help predict Alzheimer's
The fact that some people cannot detect certain smells may indicate the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Star Trek's Scotty diagnosed with Alzheimer's
James Doohan, better known to Trekkies everywhere as Scotty, has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The 84 year old actor still plans to attend the Star Trek convention in August.
Medicare Announces Limited Coverage for PET Scans in Alzheimer's
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have said they intend to extend Medicare coverage for Positronic Emission Tomography called FDG-PET imaging procedure that will help provide a more precise diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
It will claim the lives of 23,000 adults in the United States alone this year, making it the eighth most common cause of death in the elderly. This feature provides more essential facts about Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Screening Quiz
The Alzheimer's screening quiz provides a quick assessment of cognitive impairment and behavioral change relating to 10 of the most common signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's screening quiz can be undertaken with someone in mind or as a self-assessment.
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