Tag Archives: Neurodegenerative Diseases

More on Possible Blood Tests for Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (NHS Digital / Nature Medicine)

Summary People with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer’s Disease (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease) have raised levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfC) in their blood, arising from damage to previously healthy nerve cells. These elevated levels of … Continue reading

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Dementia Research Centre in Wales (BBC News)

Summary A brief piece, from BBC News, on the work and aims of the £20 million Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University. Full Text Link Reference Clarke, O. (2018). Fruit flies’ brains studied to help crack dementia. London: BBC Health … Continue reading

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Pre-Eclampsia and Risk of Dementia (BMJ)

Summary Danish research indicates that pre-eclampsia is associated with a subsequent increased risk of dementia in later life, particularly with vascular dementia. Full Text Link Reference Basit, S. Wohlfahrt, J. [and] Boyd, HA. (2018). Pre-eclampsia and risk of dementia later … Continue reading

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Risk of Dementia in Patients Using Antidepressants? (Behavioural Neurology / BBC News)

Summary Evidence indicating that use of antidepressants is associated significantly with an increased risk of developing dementia: Full Text Link Reference Wang, YC. Tai, PA. [and] Poly, TN. [et al] (2018). Increased risk of dementia in patients with antidepressants: a … Continue reading

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Hallucinations and Delusions in Dementia With Lewy Bodies (Behavioural Neurology)

Summary Hallucinations and delusions are common in Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). A study shows that DLB patients who experience delusional symptoms tend to have poorer cognitive function and more severe BPSD. Oddly, DLB patients with diabetes appear to be less … Continue reading

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Possible Future Treatment of CJD? (BBC News)

Summary University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)’s National Prion Clinic has been granted the go-ahead to test the use of a man-made antibody treatment (PRN100), with a view to halting or slowing the progression of sporadic CJD. “We … Continue reading

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Summary of Recent Progress in Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Trials (CTAD / JPAD)

Summary The following article summarises a round-up of present understanding and developments reflected in current and planned prevention trials, as discussed at a EU / US / Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Task Force meeting, as of December 2016-7. … Continue reading

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More on the Likely Association Between Air Pollution and Increased Risk of Dementia? (BMJ Open / NHS Choices / BBC News / PHE)

Summary Further evidence has emerged, from London, on the possible link between long-term exposure to air pollution and the likelihood of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Air pollution linked to dementia risk. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, September … Continue reading

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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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