New Alzheimer’s guidelines tap precursors to the disease

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By Julie Steenhuysen
Reuters
updated 4/19/2011 4:00:57 AM ET 2011-04-19T08:00:57
Share Print Font: + - CHICAGO — The first new U.S. diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer's disease released in 27 years paint the disorder as a disease that occurs gradually over many years, starting with changes in the brain, then mild memory problems and finally progressing to full-blown dementia.

Released IN 2011, by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, the guidelines officially recognize mild cognitive impairment or MCI — first described more than a decade ago — as a precursor to the disease.

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