Is early detection useful if a disease has no cure? An Alzheimer's dilemma.

Dr. John Ringman, Associate Professor of Neurology and a member of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was featured in a May 22 Wall Street Journal article about his use of a spinal tap to detect increases in the amyloid protein long associated with Alzheimer's disease. The test can detect the existence of such plaques years before symptoms appear.