Eye test will increase early detection of Alzheimer’s

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In what they call “a major advancement,” researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that a noninvasive eye scan could help detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier than expensive and invasive brain scans, Sean Rossman reports in USA Today. Researchers say the scans can find buildups of toxic proteins in the retina like those associated with Alzheimer’s. Researchers hope the scans eventually will lead to earlier detection of the disease and enable medical professionals to help patients “change the course of the disorder with medications and lifestyle changes,” says Keith L. Black, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery.

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A new, non invasive, test for Alzheimer’s

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In the largest and most conclusive study of its kind, researchers have analysed blood samples to create a novel and non-invasive way of helping to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and distinguishing between different types of neurodegenerative disorders.

Following this breakthrough discovery, Alzheimer’s sufferers may now have an additional test to improve the accuracy of  in order to better tailor appropriate treatment. The research also offers a valuable opportunity to monitor the .

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A 10 year window for females where Alzheimer’s may develop

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Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests.

That window seems to occur between ages 65 and 75 — more than 10 years after the start of menopause, say University of Southern California researchers who reviewed 27 prior studies.

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An Eye test for Alzheimer’s

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What if Alzheimer’s could be diagnosed through a routine visit to the opticians? Researchers may have brought us a step closer to such a feat, after developing an optical imaging system that can detect a hallmark of the disease.

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A PET scan can help with Alzheimer’s

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From a reader of the Washington Post:

As an Alzheimer’s advocate for 15 years, I speak from personal experience about the value of leveraging diagnostic tools when confronted with Alzheimer’s disease. A study shared at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London found that underuse of imaging scans drives additional health-care costs.

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Your sleeping pattern and Alzheimer’s

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One in three Americans doesn’t get enough sleep, and 45% of the world’s population doesn’t, either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a “public health problem,” because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. See what CNN has to tell us in the link for today.

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The earliest stage of Alzheimer’s discovered

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Paul Aisen, senior author of the study and director of the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) at the Keck School of Medicine. “This study is a significant step toward the idea that elevated amyloid levels are an early stage of Alzheimer’s, an appropriate stage for anti-amyloid therapy.”

 

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Silent Seizures for Alzheimer’s patiens?

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A study has spotted ‘seizures’ in Alzheimer’s brains that usual scans can’t detect

The ‘seizures’ don’t trigger convulsions but are an early sign of the disease

Researchers claim these seizures could be spotted early to slow the effects 

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See Alzheimer’s in their eyes

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A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in the US offers important insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins within the brain. The researchers found a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the onset of the disease.

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Finally a cure?

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By the close of this year, the Indianapolis-based Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company Lilly , whose products have included the antidepressant Prozac and human insulin, will release the results of Expedition 3, a study testing a drug that targets amyloid in persons with mild stage dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Its subjects are unique. They don’t simply have Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed by a careful history and exam. They have a brain scan showing amyloid accumulation.

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Power outage causes Alzheimer’s?

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In new research appearing in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Diego Mastroeni, Paul Coleman and their colleagues at the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) and the Biodesign Center for Bioenergetics investigate the role of mitochondria in Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Mitochondria act as energy centers for cells and are of central importance in health and disease.

The study builds on earlier work suggesting gene mutations affecting may be critical in the development— and pitiless progression— of the disease.

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