Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brain Scans May Predict Symptoms of Alzheimer's Years before They Appear

News Brief by Kathryn Gibb

A recent study lead by researchers at New York University’s School of Medicine have found that individuals with one or more parents with Alzheimer’s are more likely to have severe abnormalities in brain volume and metabolism. The study used two types of brain scans: Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Study participants ranged from ages 32 to 72. The study found that those participants with mothers diagnosed with Alzheimer’s were more likely to carry disease biomarkers compared to participants whose fathers were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The significance of these findings is that the results of these scans may suggest future health issues prior to the emergence of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Lees, Kathleen. "Brain Scans May Predict Symptoms of Alzheimer's Years before They Appear." Science World Report. N.p., 13 Feb. 2013. Web. 15 Feb. 2014. .
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