New Push For Early Testing, Treatment For Dementia – WSJ.com

Posted on February 28, 2013

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A new push is under way to improve screening and follow-up care for patients with dementia, the devastating loss of brain function that impairs memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior.

With no cure and little in the way of treatment, experts have long debated the value of screening for the condition. But newer research suggests that the benefits of routine dementia testing in older patients may outweigh any potential harms. Identifying the problem at a milder level of impairment—and enacting a care regimen—may stave off a crisis that can disrupt patients’ lives, prevent them from putting their affairs in order and levy extreme burdens on caregivers.

via New Push For Early Testing, Treatment For Dementia – WSJ.com.

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