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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...

2011-11-30 15:03:12

Study highlights importance of diagnosing 'overlap syndrome' in sufferers of muscle weakness disease (ALS) and early-onset dementia (FTD) In order to better counsel patients, it is key for clinicians of different disciplines to be aware of, and diagnose, the 'overlap syndrome' between two medical disorders - ALS and FTD - since it significantly affects patient survival. In her new study´, Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, from the University of California San Francisco in the US, also...

2011-09-23 07:19:54

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Human genetic mutations are not at all like comic books make it out to be.  Scientists have identified a new human genetic mutation as the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  This mutation explains at least a third of all familial cases of ALS and FTD within the European population.  The research provides key insights into ALS and FTD and may pave the way for development of therapeutic strategies for...

2011-09-21 19:41:12

Families help identify new gene for incurable disease Families suffering from a history of motor neuron disease have helped an international scientific team locate a new gene linked to the incurable disease. The investigators studied a large group of Finnish patients and a family from Gwent, South Wales who have lost many relatives to early onset motor neuron disease (MND) and the neurodegenerative disease fronto-temporal dementia, also known as Pick's disease. The team, including...

2011-09-21 19:09:39

Brain disorder accounts for 1 in 4 cases No cure exists for frontotemporal dementia, which strikes between the ages of 40 and 64 and accounts for at least one in four cases of early-onset dementia. Caused by the death of cells in the front and sides of the brain, the disease can lead to dramatic changes in a patient's personality and behavior, including the loss of the ability to communicate. Now UCLA scientists have discovered that a key signaling pathway plays an important role in the...

2011-06-20 12:44:36

Initial step towards early identification and treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy There are new genetic clues on risk factors and biological causes of a rare neurodegenerative disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), according to a new study from an international genetics team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In the largest genetics study of the disease, three new genes associated with risk for PSP were identified...

2011-06-15 09:00:00

NEW YORK, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) invite scientists from academia and the biotechnology industry worldwide to apply for research grants to develop Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)-specific biomarkers that reflect pathological and clinical differences so that appropriate patients can be selected for clinical trials and responses to investigational treatments can be...

2011-06-01 14:40:19

A drug already approved for people with cancer shows early potential as a therapy for a common form of dementia, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. "Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) holds promise as a first-generation drug for the prevention and treatment of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a progressive, inherited neurodegenerative disease for which there is no treatment," said Dr. Joachim Herz, director of the Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative...

2011-05-31 16:14:59

Many patients receive an incorrect dementia diagnosis. This is shown by a study carried out by neuropathology researchers in Lund, Sweden. "It is true that we know of around 70 different types of dementia, but these findings are shocking. We believed more patients were diagnosed correctly when we began the study", say researchers Elisabet Englund and Hans Brunnström at Lund University. The study included 176 patients, the vast majority from the cities of Lund and Malmö. All of them...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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