27 April 2009

Early warning clue for dementia

Young adults at future risk of Alzheimer's have different brain activity, says study
Imperial College London: 6 April 2009
Young adults with a genetic variant that raises their risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease show changes in their brain activity decades before any symptoms might arise, according to a new brain imaging study by scientists from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. The results may support the idea that the brain's memory function may gradually wear itself out in those who go on to develop Alzheimer's.

The research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides clues as to why certain people develop Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and it may be a step towards a diagnostic test that identifies individuals at risk. … > full press release : review by NHS Knowledge Services : review by MedPage Today

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