Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting one in nine seniors — at least, we think. The only way doctors can diagnose the disease beyond a shadow of a doubt is with an autopsy. That's why researchers are hard at work developing tests that can not only definitively diagnose the disease, but catch it early, when there's still a chance to help.
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