Breakthrough Discerns Normal Memory Loss from Illness
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new method to detect dangerous memory loss associated with serious illness has been developed by researchers at Cornell University.
The test will be able to distinguish between memory decline from natural ageing and decline associated with serious neural diseases. Using data from two longitudinal studies, researchers were able to create a mathematical model, which will use existing 10 to 15 minute recall tests to make the distinction. Researchers found certain types of memory, specifically reconstructive memory, are associated with mild impairment and Alzheimer’s, but not healthy ageing. By being able to make this distinction, the hope is serious mental decline will be identified sooner and treated for longer.
For more information, go to: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/09/discovery-discerns-normal-memory-loss-disease
SOURCE: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, September 2013
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