Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s Test’

Using Blood Protein Markers for Brain Health Screening

6th August 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Can a simple blood test be possible to screen for Alzheimer’s disease and other brain conditions? New research discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) last month suggests that reliable, low cost blood serum analysis for brain biomarkers is a possibility within the next decade or so. Blood tests are an attractive screening option […]

Should Medicare Cover the Cost of Brain Imaging Tests for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

16th July 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

I’m at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Boston this week, and one of the most discussed topics is the power of brain imaging tests to detect amyloid beta protein in the brain, one of the main hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging tests can identify amyloid beta deposits in […]

Another Alzheimer’s Drug Candidate Bites the Dust

7th May 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Add Baxter International’s Gammagard to the ash heap of failed Alzheimer’s drug candidates. Baxter announced today that Gammagard did not provide any cognitive or functional improvement in 390 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The patients who were enrolled in the Phase III trial received the drug through infusions over an 18 month period. […]

The Coming Ethical Quagmire with Brain Imaging Tests

22nd March 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

With sophisticated brain imaging tests now making their way out of research labs or clinical trials, and into the doctor’s office, both patients and physicians will have to confront some important ethical and legal questions on how these tests are used. That’s the message from a seminar on amyloid imaging, hosted by the American Academy […]

Early Detection Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease: Introduction

7th January 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Rising Dementia Rates are a Global Health Trend A positive aspect of rising living standards in most of the world has been a significant improvement in worldwide average life expectancies, increasing from 52 years in 1960 to 69 years in 2009. Regional differences are even more striking — the average life expectancy for a person […]