Category Archives: Diagnosis

Blood Test Able to Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Decades Before Symptoms? (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal claims a significant breakthrough in the development of a blood test (for plasma Aβ42/Aβ40) which may be able to predict Alzheimer’s Disease onset with 94% accuracy. Due caution: “But it’s important to note … Continue reading

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Screening Tools for Dementia and Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals: Validity and Accuracy (PLoS One)

Summary A Swiss systematic review investigated the diagnostic accuracy and validity of various tools for screening dementia and / or cognitive impairment in hospital patients. The aim was to provide up-to-date evidence for the choice of cognitive tests best suited … Continue reading

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Advancing Population Health: Government Consulation on Personalised Medicine and Prevention for the 2020s (BBC News / Cabinet Office / DHSC)

Summary It is expected that, by the 2020s, technological advances including genomics and artificial intelligence (AI) will massively improve “proactive, predictive, and personalised” approaches to the prevention of ill health. A wide-ranging consultation document explains many of the options, opportunities … Continue reading

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Accelerating Detection of Disease Programme (DHSC)

Summary The government-backed Accelerating Detection of Disease programme will support co-investment in research aimed at earlier diagnosis, plus better prevention and appropriately targeted treatments for diseases including dementia, cancers and heart disease. “Diseases could be detected even before people experience … Continue reading

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New Dementia Quality Standard (NICE)

Summary National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s “Dementia Quality Standard (QS184)” is intended to improve: dementia diagnosis rates; the wait time between referral and diagnosis; reductions in hospital admissions, avoidable care home admissions  and length of hospital stay; … Continue reading

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Dementia Biomarkers Re-Explored? (General Psychiatry / JGCR)

Summary A recent systematic review examines biomarkers, as strictly defined, for neurodegenerative diseases. “Vast improvements in neuroimaging techniques have led to newly discovered biomarkers and diagnostics”. p.5 Behavioural biomarkers are mentioned hardly at all. Full Text Link Reference Maclin, JMA. … Continue reading

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Functional Memory Disorders: a Potential Reason for Dementia Misdiagnoses? (BJGP)

Summary The authors of this review speculate whether a proportion of persons receiving referrals to memory clinics may not have dementia (or perhaps not even pre-clinical neurodegenerative disease at all); this category of patients may instead have functional disorders of … Continue reading

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