Posts Tagged ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)’

When Memory Loss is not Alzheimer’s or Dementia: Vitamin B Deficiencies

23rd August 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

We thought it would be useful to expand on other causes of memory loss that are not directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. A surprisingly common source of memory loss symptoms is a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 intake is necessary for healthy brain function and maintaining intact myelin sheaths (the […]

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 […]

Is the Amyloid Hypothesis Dead Wrong?

10th August 2012 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

After the disaster known as bapineuzumab Phase III, I think it’s time to seriously question whether clearing amyloid beta deposits from the brain has any therapeutic benefit to Alzheimer’s patients. The bapi Phase III results speak with a resounding “No”. We are still awaiting Phase III results from Eli Lilly’s solanezumab, but the current prognosis […]

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease 20 Years Before Symptoms Appear

17th July 2012 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine just published the results of a study that looked at a number of cognitive changes and biomarkers that can be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease long before symptoms appear – in some cases up to 20 years before symptom onset. The study, published […]

New Progress on a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

2nd July 2012 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

The PLoS ONE science journal published an interesting study performed by the Brain and Aging Research Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The study sampled apolipoprotein levels in blood samples from over 600 older adults participating in the ongoing Sydney Memory and Aging Study. Apolipoproteins are proteins that transport cholesterol […]