Healthy Living: Classifying Alzheimer’s Disease

We classify cancer into different stages, and now researchers are doing something similar with Alzheimer's disease. In today's Healthy Living, see how it could mean a much earlier diagnosis for many.

About 31% of the 311 patients studied fell into one of the stages.  

This percentage matched findings from autopsy studies, suggesting that Alzheimer's starts long before symptoms develop.  

Researchers believe patients with preclinical Alzheimer's could be an important target for new therapies.

Interestingly, the investigators found individuals with preclinical Alzheimer's were six times more likely to die over the next decade, but they aren't sure why.