Brain Scans May Predict Alzheimer's

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:29 AM CST
A scan showing brain atrophy.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Researchers have discovered a new link between Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, a condition that often leads to the brain disorder, CNN reports. In a neuroimaging study, more than half of MCI patients showed brain atrophy similar to those with Alzheimer’s; indeed, a year later, 29% of the MCI patients with Alzheimer’s-like scans developed the disease. The other MCI patients were far less likely to see their condition deteriorate.