Tag Archives: Preclinical Biomarkers and Dementia

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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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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Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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Dementia with Lewy Bodies: Updated DLB Consortium Diagnosis and Management Consensus Report (Neurology)

Summary The Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) Consortium has published an updated set of recommendations on diagnosis and management of DLB. Clinical features and diagnostic biomarkers are covered, with guidance on their interpretation. Previously omitted aspects of Lewy-related pathology are … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Saliva Test? (NHS Choices / JAD)

Summary Pilot research indicates that a chemical in the saliva can be used to differentiate, with relatively high accuracy, between persons who are currently healthy, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and others with Alzheimer’s Disease. Potentially, salivary biomarkers could … Continue reading

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Future Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (MRC / Guardian / JAMA Neurology)

Summary Professor Bart De Strooper has been appointed as the Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). Prof. De Strooper currently leads the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and is scientific … Continue reading

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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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