HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New imaging technique identifies people-at-risk for Alzheimer's disease

UCLA researchers used innovative brain scan technology to show that the abnormal brain protein deposits that define Alzheimers disease can be detected in mild cognitive impairment a condition that increases the risk for developing Alzheimers disease and affects 15 to 20 million Americans. The study will be published in the Dec. 21 New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists are in the early stages of identifying biomarkers in the blood and spinal fluid to help with Alzheimers diagnosis, but this new study is the first to report a real time "window into the brain" that identifies both of the major abnormal deposits of the disease in living people who may not develop Alzheimers for years to come. The researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with a small molecule invented at UCLA that binds to the abnormal proteins amyloid plaques and tangles that may cause the disease. Previously only an autopsy could determine these deposits and confirm a definitive diagnosis.

Study results found that the new method was able to track disease progression over a two-year period and was more effective in differentiating patients with Alzheimers disease and mild cognitive impairment from normal study subjects when compared to conventional imaging techniques. Researchers are working with Siemens Medical to begin a clinical trial using this new molecular marker in order to obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval so that it will be available in the future for use by physicians with their patients.

"The study suggests that we may now have a new diagnostic tool for detecting pre-Alzheimers conditions to help us identify those at risk, perhaps years before symptoms become obvious," said Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, lead study author and a professor with the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. "This imaging technology may also allow us to test novel drug therapies and manage dis
'"/>

Contact: Rachel Champeau
rchampeau@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2270
University of California - Los Angeles
20-Dec-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. UT study reveals inaccuracies in cardiac PET-CT imaging, finds fixes
2. Cars imaging reveals clues to myelin damage
3. Dartmouths alternative breast imaging techniques sort abnormal from normal tissue
4. UCLA imaging study reveals how pure oxygen harms the brain
5. SNMs 54th Annual Meeting speakers address state of molecular imaging/nuclear medicine technologies
6. Combined imaging approach may provide better identification of difficult-to-diagnose brain clots
7. Research agreement to advance new imaging technology
8. A closer look inside our lungs -- Penn researchers develop 2 novel imaging techniques
9. PET imaging identifies aggressive kidney cancers that require surgery
10. Picture this: FSU professors research could lead to vastly improved medical imaging
11. Using nanomagnets to enhance medical imaging

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, ... Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the ... Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to announce ... program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort Keepers ... of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is one ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across ... in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their ... award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, ... M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. ... the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Frederick, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Mid-Atlantic Angels is actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital ... support over the past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... startling report released today, National Safety Council research shows ... plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription Nation ... the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned a "Making ... , New Mexico , Tennessee ... states, three – Michigan , Missouri ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... date financial data derived from varied research sources to present ... impact on the market during the next five years, including ... sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... offering. The current unmet ... for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates a ... considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of a ... development is still in its infancy. Key ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: