Navigation Links
Brain Activity Might Point to Early Alzheimer's

In future, quick diagnoses should mean better treatment, experts say

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A specific pattern of brain activity could be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers report.

They noted that as new treatments for Alzheimer's become available, spotting the disease early will become critical.

A team at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brains of 13 patients with mild Alzheimer's disease, 34 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 28 healthy people (averaging about 73 years of age) as they did a memory task.

Participants with mild Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment showed impaired activity in the medial temporal lobe (MTL), an area of the brain associated with episodic memory that normally turns on during a memory task. Previous research had found that structural changes in the MTL are among the earliest known brain changes in people with Alzheimer's disease.

More surprisingly, the researchers found impaired deactivation in the posteromedial cortex (PMC), a brain area involved in personal memory that's usually suppressed during a memory task. The degree of PMC deactivation was closely related to the level of a patient's memory impairment and significantly correlated with their neuropsychological testing scores.

"In other words, the brain not only loses its ability to turn on in certain regions, but also loses its ability to turn off in other regions, and the latter may be a more sensitive marker. These findings give us insight into how the brain's memory networks break down, remodel and finally fail as memory impairment ensues," study lead author Dr. Jeffrey R. Petrella, an associate professor of radiology at Duke, said in a prepared statement.

He said the findings "implicate a potential functional, rather than structural, brain maker -- separate from atrophy -- that may help enhance diagnosis and treatment monitoring of Alzheimer's patients."

The study is published in the October issue of the journal Radiology.

More information

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation has more about Alzheimer's diagnosis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America, news release, Sept. 25, 2007

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Use of Cellular Phones associated with Increased risk of Brain Tumors
2. Brain death – How to cope with it
3. Multi billion-dollar suit filed against cell phone firm for causing brain tumours
4. “Brain fingerprinting”- The new lie detectr
5. Nasal Spray Could Take Drugs Direct to Brain.
6. Two doctors suspended for wrong brain surgery
7. The brain loves a surprise
8. Virus Combats Brain Tumour
9. Increase in sugar...decrease in brain function!!!
10. Alcohol shrinks brain
11. Roller coaster takes brain for a big ride!!
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 26, 2015 , ... Pixel Film Studios brings Final Cut ... Vintage. This newly styled ProTrailer pack comes with 30 all-new vintage-inspired designs, with ... users limitless opportunities to stylize and create designs quickly and easily, all within ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... accessible for all, Water For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want ... water by empowering women as key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Cokato, MN (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 ... ... manufacturer, launched offering factory direct sauna parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories ... representative of the bather’s style and personality. From basic styles for the purist ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... For the first time, Vitalalert is donating half of its earnings to ... between the two groups began in 2014 with Vitalalert pledging a portion of every ... founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based health organization whose mission is to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... OK (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... On ... International training center for the Narconon network, announced the release of a new cutting ... 1966 the Narconon organization has been working with drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals with the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... YORK , November 25, 2015 ... market of self-monitoring blood glucose devices was valued at ... grow with a CAGR of 5.7% during 2015 - ... geriatric population and increasing prevalence of diabetes. In addition, ... diabetes care is also contributing to the growth of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- Developmental, commercial, and regulatory/legal strategies ... pharmaceutical products, says GBI Research . ... all play a key role in boosting the profitability ... . --> Developmental, commercial, and ... the profitability of pharmaceutical products, says GBI Research ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Frankreich, November 25, 2015 ... dass sie eine Lizenz für das Patent über eine ... UCBL und ENS-Lyon innehaben, an Enyo Pharma vergeben haben. ... AAP8 ins Leben gerufenen und von Edelris gemeinsam mit ... als ein Behandlungsziel für HBV identifiziert, und es wurden ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: