Brain Change Study Reveals Alzheimer's Complexity

June 4 2012

The Search for the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s
     Dan Krotz Berkeley Lab (May 23 2012)
Some volunteers in an ongoing study have the same level of beta-amyloid deposition as an Alzheimer’s patient. Yet they show no signs of the disease. Scientists puzzle over these research findings: How can two people, the same age and with the same signs of the disease, take such different paths?

Some observed brain changes may be signs that a person is actually resisting the path to Alzheimer's.

Beta-amyloid deposition, changes in brain function, hippocampus atrophy all appear to contribute to the disease. There is a strong belief that Alzheimer’s must be treated very early, before symptoms appear, in order to be effective. “We’re beginning to detect changes that may help people ward off cognitive decline and possibly Alzheimer’s,” says researcher.

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Category: May 2012
Topics: Aging, Disease Prevention