Thursday, November 8, 2012

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

brain neuron
Researchers of Alzheimer's disease are now saying that Alzheimer's can be detected 10-15 years and more than two decades in high risk patients before symptoms would appear.  This gives hope that medication or preventative measures can be administered before the disease has significantly progressed.  On average, when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, 70-80 percent of the neurons in the affected area of the brain have already died. 
 
In a study, published in the Lancet Neurology, 44 young adults (aged between 18 and 26) had brain scans with 20 out of the 44 tested showing brain changes similar to those with Alzheimer's.  The affected individuals also had higher levels of a protein called beta-amyloid, a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease, in the fluid of their spinal cord and brain.  
For more information on Alzheimer's and prevention, see my posting, Alzheimer's - 9 Ways to Reduce Your Risk
 
 
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Donna said...

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