July 20, 2011

Working Towards Prevention

1 Some Alzheimer’s Detectable Long Before Onset

Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease is detectable two decades before the onset of symptoms, finds research from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN). Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is a priority for researchers. "We want to prevent damage and loss of brain cells by intervening early in the disease process — even before outward symptoms are evident, because by then it may be too late," says researcher Dr. Randall Bateman, Washington U and associate dir. of DIAN. Early DIAN research indicates that changes in biological markers in the spinal fluid can be detected many years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s are evident. It is hoped that these findings will result in prevention of Alzheimer’s in those who are predisposed to the disease.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise and Vitamin D May Reduce Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Biomarkers, Washington University, Inherited Alzheimer's Disease, DIAN, Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network, Dr. Randall Bateman, Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

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Treatment at What Price?

2 Helpful MS Drugs Have Big Price Tag

Taking disease modifying drugs for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is very expensive compared with therapies that only treat symptoms of the disease. The drugs have been shown to slow progression of MS and possibly reduce relapses, but they have side effects and may cost as much as $30,000 a year. While MS drugs are beneficial to some patients, those health benefits come with a price tag that's more than 8 times higher than what's considered "reasonable" when analyzed from an economics cost-effectiveness perspective, say researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center. The new study, published in the journal Neurology, uses data from 844 people with early MS, including projected health care costs.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis Treatments, University of Rochester Medical Center, MS Drugs, Expensive MS Treatments, MS Drugs Work

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Backed by Standard Tests

3 Alzheimer's Blood Test CloserTo Reality

A blood test that analyzes the levels of nine hormones and proteins and predicted with a high rate of success which individuals in a cohort of 273 Australians would develop Alzheimer’s disease is closer to being used in clinical practice. Those with blood levels above the cutoff are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s within a decade and these results were confirmed in another study involving 891 individuals from Australia and the U.S. Other blood tests have been designed as well but the one developed in Australia has been supported by established diagnostic tests that measure the level of plaques present in the brains of individuals with the disease. The next goal will be to validate the test in various clinical and laboratory settings.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Blood Test to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Being Developed, Blood Protein May Detect Alzheimer's Early

Tags: Alzheimer's Diagnosis, Alzheimer's Disease, Test for Alzheimer's, Blood Test for Alzheimer's, Plaques, Blood Biomarkers for Alzheimer's, Detect Alzheimer's Early

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