Are New Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer's, MCI Valid?

August 3, 2012

The validity of diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been a topic of debate since the guidelines were published by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association in April 2011.

However, investigators presenting 2 abstracts here at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2012 found that splitting the disease's progression into 3 phases (preclinical AD, mild cognitive impairment [MCI], and AD dementia) "works quite well."