Ad­vice: Check for Alzheimer’s at age 50

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Ex­perts have sug­gested peo­ple re­ceive reg­u­lar screen­ings for Alzheimer’s dis­ease start­ing at age 50, when pa­tients of­ten be­gin to suf­fer cog­ni­tive de­cline, to grasp the op­ti­mal op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­ven­tion and treat­ment. They said most pa­tients with Alzheimer’s dis­ease do not man­i­fest ob­vi­ous symp­toms un­til around 70 but in most cases brain changes caused by the dis­ease be­gin two decades be­fore. “It’s too late for a doc­tor to de­ter­mine that a case is Alzheimer’s dis­ease rather than nor­mal ag­ing at 70, and it will be­come a huge bur­den for the in­di­vid­ual, the fam­ily and the so­cial med­i­cal sys­tem,” Phyl­lis Fer­rell, vice-pres­i­dent of the global Alzheimer’s dis­ease team for US phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant Eli Lilly and Co, said dur­ing a pro­fes­sional gath­er­ing, Clin­i­cal Tri­als on Alzheimer’s Dis­ease, which was held in Shang­hai ear­lier this month.

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