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Time (August 26, 2009): What Britney Spears Can Reveal About Alzheimer's
One of the many tragedies of Alzheimer's disease is that patients don't know until it's too late that they actually have the condition. By the time the first signs of forgefulness and confusion set in, experts believe, the disease has already been ravaging the brain for a decade or more, causing irreversible damage.
But researchers at the Cleveland Clinic report that they may have found a way to identify those most at risk of developing the neurological disorder long before symptoms develop -- simply by asking them whether they recognize celebrities such as Britney Spears and Johnny Carson.