Tag Archives: Neurodegeneration

Screening for Dementia at the Opticians? (BBC News / NHS Choices / JAMA Neurology)

Summary A simple eye test, at high street opticians, for thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) could in future help predict which persons are at risk of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Optician’s eye test ‘could spot … Continue reading

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Vitamin D May Not Offer Protection Against Neurological Diseases? (NHS Choices / Nutritional Neuroscience / BJPsych Open)

Summary A recent systematic review of studies into the role of Vitamin D exposure levels / deficiency or supplementation in four neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease) found little conclusive evidence for any … Continue reading

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More on the Association Between Brain Injury and Subsequent Dementia (BBC News / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary A large-scale statistical study, based on Danish data, indicates that persons who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) tend to be 24% more likely to get dementia later on. The greatest risk appears to be for people who receive TBI … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia (JGCR / Journal of Neurology / ARUK)

A Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR) case report discusses the neuropsychological assessments preparatory to the differential diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). PPA is a rare form of non-Alzheimer’s dementia featuring language impairment with progressive decline in word … Continue reading

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Dementia Researchers Recognised and Rewarded (BBC News / Lundbeck Foundation)

Summary Four dementia researchers share the 2018 (€1 million Euro) Brain Prize (bestowed by the Lundbeck Foundation), in recognition of their joint work on the underlying neuropathological mechanisms thought to cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. Full Text Link Reference Roberts, M. … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Improving Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary A brief BBC News item explores the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for improving wellbeing and cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. “Although we are not talking about treating the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens)

Summary After a near-miss mini-epidemic of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the 1990s, experts caution that: “It is essential that we do not become complacent and continue both surveillance and risk management strategies in both human and animal prion diseases”. … Continue reading

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