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Online quiz 'detects Alzheimer's'
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:45 am 

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Mental health experts have developed a free online quiz to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

The 15-minute interactive test is aimed at people aged 50 to 70 who are worried about memory decline.

It offers an immediate result, with those at risk given a letter to take to their GP.

The results also include advice about possible diet and lifestyle changes.

Professor David Smith, of Oxford University, said: 'Alzheimer's is a preventable disease, not an inevitable part of the ageing process.

'Rather than leaving it until too late, the trick is to identify any decline in memory function as early as possible and take the necessary prevention steps.'

Research shows poor diet and a bad lifestyle are linked to memory decline and the risk of Alzheimer's.

Three in 10 over-70s have impaired memory, and potentially 75% of these will develop Alzheimer's or some form of dementia within five years.

'Only about one in a hundred cases of Alzheimer's is caused by genes,' said Prof Smith.

'As long as decline in memory function is identified early, research has shown that a combination of specific B vitamins, dietary and lifestyle changes, can greatly reduce the rate at which your brain shrinks, and your memory worsens.'

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