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July 01, 2009

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Beverly Alexander

Anyone who wants to take this test should first check out the comments section (called Rapid Response) after the BMJ article! Apparently there is a high statistical probability of false positives. A false positive would cause tremendous unnecessary suffering. Follow this link, and then either click on topics you find interesting or scroll down to the full comments:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/338/jun08_3/b2030#215134

The Healthy Librarian

Thanks so much Bev for following up with the Rapid Response comments & including your "warning comment" of false positives!!!

The importance of such a test is in its use as an early screening tool---to then see a specialist for in-depth additional testing. The earlier one can make a diagnosis, the more opportunity for therapy and planning.

That's the problem with many screening tools (including mammography)--there are false positives--and this particular tool definitely is culturally biased.

Nevertheless, it's very easy for relatives to put off testing and brush off memory & cognitive lapses as "just normal aging"---a mistake. Just my opinion.

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