A research team led by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) concludes that personal perception can be an important indicator for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study involving 449 older adults, published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the scientists report that individuals with subjectively felt memory problems also exhibited on average measurable cognitive deficits that were associated with abnormalities in the spinal fluid. Early diagnosis and therapy development could benefit from these findings. When memory deteriorates according to one’s own perception, but mental performance – following objective criteria – is still within the normal range, this is referred to as “subjective cognitive decline” (SCD).

 

 

KatarzynaBialasiewicz

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