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Is earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s around the corner?

The two most feared words in the English language arguably could be “Alzheimer’s disease.”

“People are still incredibly afraid of it,” said Dr. Allan Levey, chairman of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, during the Health Journalism 2012 session about potential ways to identify changes in the brain before symptoms of the dementia become obvious.

Right now, there is no cure and no long-term treatments that can arrest or reverse the decline. Still, the race to identify people at risk of Alzheimer’s or with the disease is because “we’re all very clearly aware that our chances of making an impact with treatment will depend on making a diagnosis as early as possible,” Levey said.

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