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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alzheimer's Blood Test Raises Ethical Questions

By Jon Hamilton
NPR News
Originally posted March 9, 2014

Here is an excerpt:

But the biggest concern about Alzheimer's testing probably has to do with questions of stigma and identity, Karlawish says. "How will other people interact with you if they learn that you have this information?" he says. "And how will you think about your own brain and your sort of sense of self?"

The stigma and fear surrounding Alzheimer's may decrease, though, as our understanding of the disease changes, Karlawish says. Right now, people still tend to think that "Either you have Alzheimer's disease dementia or you're normal, you don't have it," he says.

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