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Could a sim­ple eye test at the op­ti­cians de­tect Alzheimer’s? Neu­ro­science re­searchers at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les have de­vel­oped a retina scan that could help di­ag­nose Alzheimer’s dis­ease years be­fore other symp­toms start to emerge. Early di­ag­no­sis could help suf­fer­ers ac­cess the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal and sup­port ser­vices sooner. As the most com­mon type of de­men­tia, Alzheimer’s dis­ease is a de­bil­i­tat­ing, pro­gres­sive con­di­tion that may con­trib­ute to 60 – 70 per cent of cases. Across the world, nearly 44 mil­lion peo­ple have Alzheimer’s or a re­lated de­men­tia.

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