Debate about Alzheimer’s
Based on Newsday, researchers have identified a test that can spot-on accuracy which patients with early memory loss will develop Alzheimer’s disease; however, they are divided about whether or not screenings will result any time soon.
Research on Alzheimer’s
Based on the Newsday, an international team of scientists have reported in the Archives of Neurology that three key proteins in spinal fluid were present in Alzheimer patients. Based on the Dailynews, the team found the telltale markers were not only present in the cognitively impaired but also in more than a third of test subjects who were cognitively healthy. the latest test explains that it was 100 percent accurate in identifying the proteins, also for those with mild cognitive impairment was accurate as a predictor of Alzheimer in five years.
According to the research, the article reported that, scientist examined spinal fluid remove through lumbar puncture in 400 patients studied at the University of Ghent in Belgium and the University of Pennsylvania. They found a series of three key proteins found in 90 percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; 72 percent of people with mild cognitive impairment and 36 percent who were free of any brain condition.
Dr. Peter Davis who is a pioneer researcher on Alzheimer’s disease of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, stated that doctors need more than one test to make predictions-or a diagnosis– of a disease as complex as Alzheimer’s. Dr. Davis said that: “This is not a test that we would rely on.”
What is Alzheimer?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer
Is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
These are the ten signs of Alzheimer’s according to Alzheimer’s Association:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood and personality.