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Deans' stroke musings
Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all thetrillions and trillions of neuronsthateach daybecause there areeffective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.
What this blog is for:
Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group. My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis for two thirds of patients, study finds
brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis for two thirds of
patients, ending years of misdiagnosis, a study has found.
Currently the only way to determine whether Alzheimer’s is present is to look at the brain of a patient after death.
patients who are still alive, doctors usually use special cognitive
tests which monitor memory and everyday skills such as washing and
dressing, but the results are often be misleading or inaccurate.
people with early stage Alzheimer’s can wait up to four years to
receive a correct diagnosis because PET scans are rarely carried out on
the NHS as they cost up to £3,000 a time.
But PET scans
show the build-up of sticky amyloid plaques in the brain which prevent
neurons from communicating and eventually kill areas, wiping out
memories and can help with a definitive diagnosis.
only do scans pick up problems early, when drugs or lifestyle changes
could make a difference, but they could also help reassure people who
are suffering mild memory problems that they do not have the disease.
Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:
“Diagnosing dementia is a complex challenge, and doctors have to gather
a range of clues to create a picture of what is going on in the brain.
new research highlights that value that amyloid brain scans can bring
in helping doctors make a more informed diagnosis, either by indicating
or ruling out Alzheimer’s as the possible cause of someone’s dementia
current drive for life-changing dementia treatments means that in the
future, the use of amyloid PET scans or other innovative diagnostic
methods will be important to ensure that new medicines reach the right
people at the right time.”
Emission Tomography (PET) scans work by picking up how good parts of
the brain are at sucking up glucose, which is injected into the body
bound to a radioactive tracer which can be seen on screen. Parts of the
brain that are clogged up and not functioning will not light up.
The new study by the Karolinska Institute
in Sweden involving 135 people who had been referred for memory
problems found that 68 per cent had a change in diagnosis, following the
separate study led by GE Healthcare in the UK analysed data from four
previous studies looking at the use of brain amyloid PET scans in the
process of dementia diagnosis, combining information from 1106 people,
found the use of brain amyloid PET scans led to a change in diagnosis in
20 per cent of people.
negative brain PET scan indicating sparse to no amyloid plaques rules
out Alzheimer’s disease as the cause of dementia symptoms,” said Dr
James Hendrix, Alzheimer’s Association Director of Global Science
makes it a valuable tool to clarify an uncertain or difficult
diagnosis. Misdiagnosis is costly to health systems, and expensive and
distressing to persons with dementia and their families.”