Huge New Screening (and drug treatment) Push for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Medication for Alzheimer's, treatment for Alzheimer's, Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

(NaturalNews) Alzheimer’s researchers are pushing for the disease to be redefined so that treatment can begin years earlier than under current practices.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and can currently be conclusively diagnosed only with an autopsy. It already affects more than 26 million people around the world, and this number is expected to triple by 2050.
“The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are progressive mental deterioration characterized by an inability to carry out daily activities, a loss of cognitive functions, and a loss of memory functions,” writes Tom Bohager in his book Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes.
“Extensive research studies indicate that the causes of Alzheimer’s disease can include genetic factors, age, environmental factors, chronic exposure to aluminum and/or silicon, and increased oxidative damage due to long-term toxic exposure.”
Dementia cannot currently be cured, but some drugs have been developed that attempt to slow its progression. Many of these drugs have limited effectiveness in the later stages of the disease, however, when symptoms have become severe.
For this reason, researchers from the International Working Group for New Research Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease published an article in The Lancet calling for a new definition of Alzheimer’s.
Under the proposed definition, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis could be made in any patient suffering from episodic memory impairment who also tested positive for at least one biomarker that scientists have associated with the disease.
Biomarkers are chemicals in the body that imply the presence of a certain condition. One of the most well-known biomarkers is the prostate specific antigen (PSA), which is correlated with inflammation of the prostate gland.
“It’s very important for us to move from the old way of seeing Alzheimer’s disease to a new one that incorporates the importance of biomarkers,” said the working group’s Bruno Dubois. “There is no longer a reason to wait until patients have developed full-blown dementia.”
Sources for this story include: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS….
by David Gutierrez, staff writer-Natural News
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How To Tell If You Have Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

I found a great article to share this morning about how to tell if you have early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  I agree with the author –  there is so much in the news right now as companies such as the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center and ElderCare at Home help to raise awareness about AD, dementia and other cognitive impairments. 

Don’t let the amount of information, some of which may be conflicting, scare you. Reach out to family, friends and professionals who can guide you, provide you with accurate information and assist you in getting a proper and thorough evaluation. You can read the article here.

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Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Hard to Diagnose, Study Finds

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

A new study by researchers at the University of Barcelona in Spain has found that many people who develop Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 60 are initially misdiagnosed because they don’t have memory problems.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that slowly causes problems with memory, thinking skills and behavior. Symptoms usually develop at a slow pace and get worse over time.
Dr. Stephen Rao, who did not take part in the study, works with Alzheimer’s patients  at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“The initial symptoms may actually not be memory problems, but they can be difficulties with personality change or they can be in other cognitive domains, such as language, visual or spatial processes,” Rao said.
For the study, researchers analyzed the cases of 40 people who developed Alzheimer’s, and results showed that one-third of people confirmed with early-onset Alzheimer’s showed symptoms other than memory problems.
These symptoms included vision or language problems or the ability to carry out tasks. As a result the researchers said that more than half of these patients – who exhibited other symptoms – ended up being incorrectly diagnosed on their initial visit with a doctor.
There’s approximately 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and out those patients, only about 5 percent have early onset Alzheimer’s, which develops before the age of 65.
“Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease can be very challenging and that’s one of the reasons why much of research today is looking for various biomarkers to diagnose the disease prior to the current gold standard, which is the autopsy,” Rao concluded.
Complete findings of the study are published in the journal Neurology.
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