GETTING SMART ABOUT DEMENTIA
It takes the you out of you.
Would you know if it was happening? Till now it’s been hard to be sure. The standard test is kinda wishy washy. You’re supposed to know it when you see it. Is it really Alzheimer’s disease? Is it depression? Hearing loss? Transient stroke?
How many liberals do you suppose are mistakenly diagnosed as demented? Happens all the time.
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc just announced a test that’s startlingly accurate. 22% developed the disease within a year. The study (Reisa A. Sperling et al) used a brain dye with a “PET” scan.
That’s not all. There’s other work at Rowan, Penn, and Drexel Universities using EEGs, skin tests, brain scans.
The standard test, itself, is under review. First update in 26 years. It’ll include “biomarkers” and it’ll reflect advances in the understanding of the underlying pathology.
Soon we will be able to find out if the lights are going out.
Would you do it?
Kinda depends what you would do with the information, doesn’t it? Any hope of stopping it? Any chance of a cure?
At the least, you can get enough of a warning to prepare yourself and others.
And, who knows, maybe the news’ll be good. You DON’T have dementia.
You’re just a liberal.
(Don’t get mad. I made fun of conservatives LAST time!)