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Is Mild Cognitive Impairment Reversible?

Is Mild Cognitive Impairment Reversible?
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 03:14 PM

Mild cognitive impairment — a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease that can cause memory and thinking problems — may be reversible or even preventable, new research suggests.

The New York Times reports that poor performance on MCI tests could be caused by certain medications, sleep apnea, depression, or other problems that might be treatable.

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says when the underlying disease is treated in such cases, cognitive abilities can bounce back.

In about half of people with MCI, memory problems are the first sign of impending Alzheimer’s disease. Once MCI progresses to Alzheimer’s, there is no recovery.

Dr. David Knopman, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., notes that not all the cognitive changes that come with age are a sign of disease.

Anyone concerned about his or her memory or the memory of a loved one should see a cognitive specialist, he adds.

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