A new research which came out today has identified an easy way to detect a portion of the population which is at risk of developing the Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer is a condition which can severely affect the quality of life for patients, with many undergoing severe memory loss, character dissonance, and genuine loss of confidence and direction.
New research identifies an easy test to detect the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Now, families and friends can find some comfort in knowing that there could potentially be an easy way to tell if someone is more susceptible to the risk of Alzheimer. That method is known as “exhibiting delays when processing written word” before other more severe symptoms such as memory loss and cognitive decline happen. Experts believe that using this early warning test, sufferers who are at risk of Alzheimer can potentially be prescribed drugs earlier to extend their mental function.
This finding was announced by scientists from Birmingham University, and one of the researcher in question is Dr Katrien Segaert.
Dr Katrien found that “this brain response is aberrant in individuals who will go on in the future to develop Alzheimer’s but intact in patients who remained stable”, which basically means that they found responses in the brain when processing written word to be an indicator of the future possibility of contracting Alzheimer. She further went on and said that the findings were unexpected as language is usually impacted much further along the progression of the disease.
The study basically looked at 25 patients, who were fitted with electroencephalogram (EEG) skull caps which are designed to observe electrical activity in the brain. These behaviors are then monitored when words are quickly shown on a computer screen.
Of the 25 patients (very small sample size to be frank), there were healthy senior citizens, patients suffering from mild cognitive decline and patients who have been fighting with Alzheimer three years after diagnosis.
Dr. Katrien hopes that further verification on the study can potentially lead to early intervention in the future, potentially helping to prevent future cases of Alzheimer and its devastating rapid progression.
Alzheimer affects more than 50 million people worldwide.