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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Could New Early Alzheimer's Detection Method Lead to a Cure??

Could New Early Alzheimer's Detection Method Lead to a Cure??
A new study on Alzheimer's disease published recently in the science journal Nature Nanotechnology states that researchers have now found a way to detect signs of Alzheimer's early. By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they are able to find the toxin that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

What the research means

The research was performed by a team of scientists and engineers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Neuroscientist Dr. William L. Klein explained, “We have a new brain imaging method that can detect the toxin that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.” “Using MRI, we can see the toxins attached to neurons in the brain."

Importance of early detection

One of the problems with Alzheimer's disease is that it is hard to detect until the patient has clear-cut symptoms. According to the Alzheimer's Association, it is not until stage 4 (out of 7 stages) that a careful medical interview is able to detect clear-cut symptoms of the disease. By this time, the patient is already suffering from impaired mental capacity and difficulty performing complex tasks.

Researchers are hopeful that the new early-detection method will result in their being able to "identify drugs that can effectively eliminate the toxin and improve health.” While a cure is not yet available, the early-detection method is a scientific breakthrough that promises to slow down the process of the disease and allow for treatment long before the symptoms appear.

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