Doctors Emphasize the Importance of Early Alzheimer's Detection

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

I am with my colleagues this week at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Vienna, Austria. This is the premiere forum for research in this field and papers from around the world will be presented and discussed by some of the world's leading experts. You should have noticed a heavier than usual dose Alzheimer's related news stories during the past two days and you can expect that trend to continue through the week.

Today I would like to highlight an important study being discussed on the factors that can inhibit a timely diagnosis of AD. The leading factor, according to this research, is "therapeutic nihilism" or, the belief that there are no benefits to treatment.

While we have known that this attitude, while unfounded, is common among the aging masses, this study has shown that it is also prevalent among primary care physicians. Once again, we see that education is an immediately viable approach to improving our effectiveness against this disease.

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