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2012-06-04 04:21:37

(Ivanhoe Newswire) - 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimers and 3 million from Parkinson's disease. Doctors who treat patients with these among other neurodegenerative conditions believe that the diseases are spreading though their patients' brains. The stages of both Alzheimers and Parkinson's disease show these pathological effects. Until recently, only in prion disease had this spread been shown, resulting in proof that the agent of spread is the prion protein. More recently,...

2012-04-11 14:44:45

Computer modeling supports theory that many dementias spread like prion diseases A new technique for analyzing brain images offers the possibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, report scientists at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. The technique, developed by SFVAMC scientists in collaboration with a team led by Bruce Miller, MD,...

2012-03-21 15:26:00

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may spread within nerve networks in the brain by moving directly between connected neurons, instead of in other ways proposed by scientists, such as by propagating in all directions, according to researchers who report the finding in the March 22 edition of the journal Neuron. Led by neurologist and MacArthur Foundation "genius award" recipient William Seeley, MD, from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and post-doctoral fellow Helen Juan...

2012-02-02 09:21:47

The same gene mutations linked to inherited, early-onset Alzheimer's disease have been found in people with the more common late-onset form of the illness. The discovery by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may lead doctors and researchers to change the way Alzheimer's disease is classified. They report their findings Feb. 1 in the online journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science). "We probably shouldn't think of early-onset disease as inherited...

2012-01-06 16:05:34

In a new review of imaging studies spanning more than ten years, scientists find that a method of positron emission tomography (PET)safely and accurately detects dementia, including the most common and devastating form among the elderly, Alzheimer´s disease. This research is featured in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Researchers reviewed numerous PET studies to evaluate a molecular imaging technique that combines PET, which provides functional images of...

2011-12-01 12:59:48

New research finds a marker used to detect plaque in the brain may help doctors make a more accurate diagnosis between two common types of dementia — Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The study is published in the November 30, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "These two types of dementia share similar symptoms, so telling the two apart while a person is living is a real challenge, but...


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