Possible effective treatment for Alzheimer on its way?

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Restoring your memory, or treating a person with Alzheimer’s disease? It sounds unbelievable, but it might just be possible in the near future. According to the research of neurosurgeon Dr. Lozano and his team from the University of Toronto, deep brain stimulation using electrodes might be the next step to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer´s affects the connections between nerve cells which eventually causes a loss of cells and brain tissue and a shortage of the chemicals that help transmit signals around the brain. Symptoms start mildly and get worse over time, damaging the brain, causing memory loss and problems thinking, reasoning, communication and perceiving. The brain consists of various circuits that regulate functions such as our movement, memory or cognition, and feelings like happiness, sadness, love and hate. Alzheimer’s causes a disturbance in the circuit that controls our memory and cognitive functions and stops the brain from using glucose, where it typically uses 20% Read more

Can we predict the onset of Alzheimer’s?

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According to recent research, it seems that it is possible, as a new type of blood test could indicate whether the disease will appear within one year with a degree of accuracy of 87%.  

This is, without a doubt, a major discovery made by King’s College London and Oxford University, along with other research centres, in this great mission for the scientific community – the early detection of Alzheimer’s.

According to the team of researchers involved, a blood test could identify as many as 10 proteins whose presence would determine with an accuracy rate of almost 90% whether patients with mild cognitive impairment will develop Alzheimer's over the following 12 months. Extensive research offers encouraging results   To carry out this study, blood samples from 1,148 people were taken, of which 474 had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The test results showed that 220 individuals had mild cognitive impairment, while 452 were elderly people without dementia. In the first analysis, up to 26 proteins that could be considered indicators of the disease were Read more

Fighting against Alzheimer’s before it shows up

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects the functionality of the brain causing memory problems, difficulties when developing thought processes and problems in our behaviour.

One of the aspects that without a doubt makes the disease more serious is the worsening of symptoms over time, which greatly decreases the quality of life of patients.

Fortunately, after years of study of the disease, the medical community has come to the conclusion that there are certain risk factors which, if reduced, could prevent millions of people being affected by Alzheimer's. There are seven determining risk factors  When physicians refer to variables that can negatively impact the development of Alzheimer's, they indicate the following main factors: Smoking High blood pressure Diabetes Obesity Depression Low mental activity Sedentary lifestyle It is important to highlight that Alzheimer's is not part of the human being's own process of ageing. Clearly, there is an increased likelihood of developing this disease in the following patients: Older patients Read more