Better Alzheimer’s Prevention with Early Detection

One in eight Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cure for the disease but an earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis can lead to better prevention and treatment methods. Researchers are focusing on genetic testing and stem cell research to find the disease earlier than ever.Better Alzheimer's Prevention With Early Detection

“Turning Back the Clock” on Alzheimer’s

A new study from The New York Stem Cell Foundation focuses on the creation of living cells from the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. The new stem cell lines essentially allow researchers to “turn back the clock” to see how Alzheimer’s develops in the brain. Researchers are hoping this study can reveal the exact point when Alzheimer’s begins and will allow the disease to be diagnosed before symptoms appear. 

A Focus on Prevention

The study from The New York Stem Cell Foundation will help in identifying Alzheimer’s earlier while biomarker testing can identify those at risk for developing the disease. To date, clinical trials that involve medicating participants with Alzheimer’s have been disappointing, creating the need for a shift to prevention research.

One major study from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute involves those who are at a high risk for Alzheimer’s but have no symptoms. Dr. Pierre Tariot, Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute said, “There has been a significant paradigm shift in just the last couple of years.  Maybe using these promising experimental agents at a time when the disease has already ravaged the brain is too late, so maybe what we ought to do is intervene at the very beginning, before the damaged has occurred, and before symptoms have emerged.  And so that’s a big change.  That’s a real pivot in the field.”

The Future of Alzheimer’s Research

Alzheimer’s Disease is predicted to be a global epidemic by 2050, so it is important that we attack the disease swiftly and efficiently. One challenge facing researchers is finding participants for prevention trials, as participants will have not had Alzheimer’s symptoms. To combat this challenge, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has started an online Alzheimer’s prevention registry where people who want to help fight Alzheimer’s can sign up to be part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative. The initiative hopes to have 250,000 people registered by the time the trials start in 2015. 

While the Alzheimer’s statistics can be startling, there is hope in the prevention of the disease, which is promising and exciting.

Have you registered for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative? Why or why not? 

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  • Juan Illiota

    Alarming increase in the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Currently 1 in 11 to 1 in 9; with PREDICTIONS at 1 in 3 in less than five years. How do they make that prediction? Well, considering that the rate of increase stays the same… we will have ourselves a global epidemic blah blah blah. JUST STOP RIGHT THERE AND THINK. Have we ever had a global epidemic? What is happening right now globally that can be linked to Alzheimer’s? Hmmm, well i stopped using anti-perspirant because the aluminum silicate was linked to causing Alzheimer’s. OK wearing aluminum is BAD. What about drinking acidic drinks stored in aluminum? Yes – BAD. What about constantly inhaling aluminum nano-particulate?
    At the geo-engineering conference a few years ago a smart meteorologist asked the important guy behind the podium about the test results showed of the physiological effects on humans of dumping 50,000 tons of aluminum into the atmosphere. The important guy clears his throats and says ‘Now let me be very careful here. We haven’t done inuthin on alumina.’ Meaning that they haven’t even considered if there would be any ill effects at all. Like it had to be done at all costs. It was that necessary.
    First of all that guy had totally lied. Of course they had done tests. They knew exactly what it would do. Do you think the government would spend money on inuthin without knowing what it would do? That guy would rather lie and come across as totally irresponsible than to admit that they knew what it would do. They have to be able to say: ‘There have been no conclusive tests that spraying tons of nano-sized particles of aluminum onto everything on the globe would have any ill-effects at all.’

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