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UCLA team creates ‘gold standard’ for early Alzheimer’s detection

After six years of research, a UCLA-led team on Wednesday announced the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease — the atrophy of the part of the brain known as the hippocampus.

The finding marks the final step in an international consortium’s effort to develop a unified and reliable approach to assessing signs of Alzheimer’s-related neurodegeneration through structural imaging tests, a staple in the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease, according to UCLA.