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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Alzheimer’s web tests unreliable

Free Internet tests claiming to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease don’t work and could harm the elderly, researchers cautioned this week at an international Alzheimer’s conference in Boston.

The only definitive way to diagnose Alzheimer’s is through an autopsy after death, so aging adults who fear they may be suffering from early dementia are increasingly turning to the Internet for help deciding whether they are sick. But researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver advised against using most of these online diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s.

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