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April 19th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

New guidelines for Alzheimer's diagnosis expanded to include patients with mild, no symptoms

A milestone this morning in the fight against Alzheimer's.

For the first time in 27 years, there are new criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of the disease, and they include victirms who don't even show symptoms yet.

Right now, one in eight Americans over 65 has Alzheimers, and that number jumps to 50% when we look at Americans over 85 years old. That means every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer's.

On American Morning this morning, we spoke with Dr. William Thies, the chief medical and scientific officer at the National Alzheimer's Association.

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