Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s Disease: 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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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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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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Limited Usefulness of MRI for Improving the Prediction of Dementia? (BMJ)

Summary Research indicates that MRI does not significantly improve the prediction of dementia. It does have some value in differential diagnosis. Full Text Link Reference Stephan, BC. Tzourio, C. [and] Auriacombe, S. [et al] (2015). Usefulness of data from magnetic … Continue reading

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Skin Cells: A New Non-Invasive Biomarker? (BBC News / American Academy of Neurology)

Summary Skin may be a good candidate biomarker for detecting hidden brain disorders earlier. Abnormal proteins which accumulate in the brain in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease can be found in the skin too. Research is … Continue reading

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Dementia Diagnosis and Prediction Using Eye Examinations? (BBC News)

Summary A £1.1m three year study involving researchers from Dundee University and Edinburgh will investigate whether eye tests can aid non-invasive diagnosis by providing an “early warning” of Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions. It is thought that changes in the eye … Continue reading

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