Tag Archives: Differential Diagnosis

Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and DLB Using CSF Biomarker? (BBC News / Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology)

Summary Research at the University of Edinburgh indicates that test for synuclein, which measures how sticky this protein molecule has become (i.e. alpha-synuclein aggregation), might be the key to diagnosing accurately the early stages of both Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia … Continue reading

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Non-Alzheimer’s Dementias: Three Reviews (Lancet)

Summary The Lancet has published a series of three up-to-date reviews concerning non-Alzheimer’s dementia. Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access). Reference Dementia – not all about Alzheimer’s. [Editorial]. … 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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Cognitive Assessment: Differentiating the Three Ds “Dementia, Delirium and Depression” (Nursing Times / University of Stirling DSDC)

Summary Nursing Times Learning has produced a new learning unit to assist in the differential diagnosis between dementia, delirium and depression in older people. The aim is to offer training / continuing professional development which helps ensure patients receive the … 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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Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis Using Breath Test? (BBC News / Parkinsonism and Related Disorders)

Summary There are early hopes for a simple breath test to assist in the early detection and diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, based on non-invasive biomarkers in the form of exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Full Text Link Reference Roberts, M. … Continue reading

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Brief Notes on Dementia Diagnosis (NHS England)

Summary A further brief note on dementia diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, from Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England. Full Text Link Reference Diagnosing dementia: any appropriately skilled clinician can make the diagnosis and brain scanning not … Continue reading

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