What we have now are a hypothesis, a pile of forward-looking statements, and a study that isn’t sure to be funded, won’t start for a year, and will take 18 months before telling us what it found. How does that timeframe jibe with the first paragraph’s statement that biomarkers "may soon make it possible to pinpoint brain injuries with a simple blood test"?
Perhaps the most troubling example yet of early reporting of abstracts released far in advance of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting. Read this review to see why this is a big issue.
Researchers at Stanford University report a possible breakthrough in identifying people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
As with the HealthDay story on this research that we reviewed, readers of this story get a good dose of caveats and cautions along with the suggestions that electrical brain stimulation might someday “have implications” for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
A sober account, giving readers a summary of key results and expert comments characterizing the test as an advance without leaping to premature judgments about using such a test to predict Alzheimer’s risk in people with normal memory function. Small but significant improvement over NYT story.
The headline trumpets an advance in Alzheimer’s Disease detection but based on the study that’s a dubious projection. Read the full review to see why.
People who followed a Mediterranean-style diet were up to 40 percent less likely than those who largely avoided it to develop Alzheimer’s during the course of the research, scientists reported.
We’ve said it before and here’s a fresh example: when a story describes a “simple blood test…easily done” get out the sniff test. Fewer than 20 words of an 854-word story even hint at the debate and the controversy surrounding this test.
Dr. John Kelsoe, a prominent psychiatric geneticist at the University of California, San Diego, began selling bipolar genetic tests over the Internet last month for $399.
Neurologists say PET is useful in distinguishing between Alzheimer’s and a similar-acting dementia. However, opinions differ on whether the scans are useful in predicting the likelihood of Alzheimer’s in people with only mild memory problems.
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