17 Jul '11, 7am

Simple eye test may give clues to Alzheimer's

PARIS - AUSTRALIAN scientists are reporting encouraging early results from an eye test they hope will create a simple way to detect signs of Alzheimer's disease. The test is experimental and needs more study. But doctors know that Alzheimer's causes changes in the eyes, not just the brain. Other researchers in the United States also are working on an eye test for the disease. 'It's a small study' but 'suggestive and encouraging,' one of the American researchers, Dr Lee Goldstein of Boston University, said of the Australian work. 'My hat's off to them for looking outside the brain for other areas where we might see other evidence of this disease.' Shaun Frost of Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, discussed the test Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in France. More than 5.4 million Americans and 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer...

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