Signs of dementia may be detected earlier in women with new diagnostic criteria

Written by Kimberley Ndungu (Future Science Group)

Despite women making up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s disease patients, they are less likely to be diagnosed than men when assessing amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). This piqued the interest of a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego (CA, USA) and led them to investigate how life-long advantage in verbal memory performance may hide early symptoms of dementia in women. In a study published in Neurology, the team analyzed data of nearly 1000 patients who participated in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and discovered that more female and fewer male patients were considered to have aMCI when...

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