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Brain shrinks a decade before Alzheimer’s appears

Brain shrinks a decade before Alzheimer’s appears

By Julie Steenhuysen – CHICAGO | Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:09pm EDT

 

(Reuters) – Brain scans of healthy people showed signs that the brain was shrinking in Alzheimer’s-affected areas nearly a decade before the disease was diagnosed, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The finding, published in the journal Neurology, may offer a new way to detect the disease early, an advance that could help in the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, a brain-wasting disease that affects up to 26 million people globally…

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