New Study Looks at Mental Effects of Alzheimer's Testing

POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:26am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

If you have a family member with Alzheimer's disease, do you want to know if you have an increased risk for the illness?

A new study looks at the mental effects of genetic testing. Researchers tested over 150 people who had a parent with Alzheimer's disease. Their depression and anxiety levels were followed for a year after the test. They found those who tested positive for the gene showed no more psychological distress than those who tested negative.

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