Tag Archives: Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Biomarkers

Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment in Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Promising Results? (JAD / Bazian)

Summary Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment (TEMT) for persons with mild / moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, delivered ia a bathing cap-style head device called the MemorEM, appears to bring about various statistically significant improvements without any observable adverse effects. Benefits are said to include: “ …cognitive enhancement, changes to CSF / … 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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Earlier Diagnosis Research: the Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study (BBC News / GtR)

Summary The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study aims to discover new ways of diagnosing dementia, ideally decades before the symptoms become apparent in order to give future drug treatments the best chance of working. The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study … Continue reading

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Early Promising Signs in Verubecestat Human Drug Trial – Since Dashed (NHS Choices / Science Translational Medicine / Translational Neurodegeneration / Biospace Inc)

Summary Early results from a Phase I trial indicate that the BACE1 inhibitor Verubecestat may effectively reduce β-amyloid formation in human patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. This appears to confirm previous trials with rats, monkeys and healthy young human adults. As … Continue reading

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Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study: Dementia Early Detection and Biomarkers Research Programme (MRC / NIHR)

Summary The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study will explore improvements in biomarker research and the development of tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease early on. This research programme will be funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the … Continue reading

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Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms-Related Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Recent reviews and meta-analyses on the broad topics diagnosis, screening and assessment are listed below. Some of these articles may be available freely (according to local circumstances). A suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access may be … Continue reading

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Concerning the Diagnostic Accuracy of Plasma and CSF Biomarkers (Cochrane Database)

Summary This systematic review investigates the diagnostic accuracy of blood plasma and CSF Aß levels for detecting patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and who are likely to progress to Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia. The accuracy of … Continue reading

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Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Spinal Fluid? (NHS Choices / Cell Reports)

Summary A recent diagnostic study has investigated the possibility of diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease, years before disease onset, using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The technique for identifying people with Alzheimer’s Disease would be based on detecting very small amounts of abnormal (misfolded) … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses on Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms

Some of the following articles are available freely. The full-text of the other articles may need a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access. The Bibliographic Citations Zhang, J. Zhang, CH. Li, RJ. [et al] (2013). Accuracy … Continue reading

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Brain Scans Distinguish Between Dementia Types (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania believe they may have discovered how to distinguish between different types of dementia without the need for invasive lumbar puncture tests to obtain cerebrospinal fluid (csf). Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia share similar features and symptoms and can … Continue reading

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