New York Times (July 15, 2009): Learning of Risk of Alzheimer's Seems to Do No Harm

Publication Date: 
Wed, 07/15/2009

A genetic test that can find an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease does no psychological harm to people who take it, even if they test positive for a risky gene, a new study finds.

The results challenge views long held by the medical establishment, which has discouraged poeple from being tested, arguing that the test is not definitive, that it may needlessly frighten people into thinking a terrible disease is hanging over them and that testing is pointless anyway because there is no way to cure or prevent the dementia caused by Alzheimer's.

www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/health/research/16dementia.html?emc=eta1