Posts Tagged ‘Positron emission tomography’


Trying to Stop a Tsunami

The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are grim. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older Americans has the disease, adding up to 5.4 million people in the United States alone. As the population ages, these numbers are expected to grow (some estimates project the number at more than 15 million by 2050), leading experts […]

Alzheimer's Diagnosis Possible With Scan

Alzheimer Diagnosis Possible With Scan

A much-anticipated test developed by Eli Lilly & Co. that detects the presence of proteins in the brain that are related to Alzheimer’s disease was approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. The tool could enable clinicians to detect Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately in patients at the earliest sign of memory problems—a potential […]

Keeping Brain Sharp May Ward Off Alzheimer's Disease

Keeping Brain Sharp May Ward Off Alzheimer’s Protein

People who challenge their brains throughout their lifetimes — through reading, writing and playing games — are less likely to develop protein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s, US researchers said on Monday. Prior studies have suggested that people who are well educated and stay mentally active build up brain reserves that allow them […]

PET Scan Effectively Detects Dementia

PET Effectively Detects Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

In a new review of imaging studies spanning more than ten years, scientists find that a method of positron emission tomography (PET) safely and accurately detects dementia, including the most common and devastating form among the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease. This research is featured in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Researchers reviewed […]

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How do Doctors Test for Alzheimer’s? Part 7: Tests and diagnosis | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Tests and diagnosis By Mayo Clinic staff There’s no specific test today that confirms you have Alzheimer’s disease. Your doctor will make a judgment about whether Alzheimer’s is the most likely cause of your symptoms based on the information you provide and results of various tests that can help clarify the diagnosis. Doctors can nearly […]