New Guidelines Proposed For Diagnosing Alzheimers

07.14.10 | FL News Team

(Honolulu, HI)  --  New guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease are being proposed.  The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association suggests the disease should be diagnosed in three stages -- advanced diseased, mild disease and the new category called pre-clinical disease.  The guidelines would look at the disease in its earliest stages, when protein masses called amyloid begin to form in the brains of otherwise healthy people.  The process would begin years before dementia sets in.  The proposal was introduced Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association meeting in Honolulu.