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Alzheimer's: Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, and projects a 74% increase over the next 15 years. Furthermore, Alzheimer's is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

It is generally accepted that treatments for Alzheimer's Disease will be much more effective if introduced prior to the onset of symptoms and before significant brain destruction occurs. However, until now researchers could not study treatments to prevent Alzheimer's Disease because they had no way of knowing who would develop it. Well, all this is about to change…

Learn about the use of a new diagnostic tool, called amyloid imaging, where an FDA-approved agent called Amyvid binds to abnormal proteins in the brain, allowing physicians, for the first time ever, to diagnose Alzheimer's Disease definitively. This screening tool could also provide researchers with the insight they need to one day prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

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