Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective 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:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Simple Test Predicts Alzheimer’s 18 Year Before Diagnosis

You need this. Bet your doctor doesn't set a baseline cognition test before your likely dementia.

1. A documented 33% dementia chance post-stroke from an Australian study?   May 2012.
2. Then this study came out and seems to have a range from 17-66%. December 2013.
3. A 20% chance in this research.   July 2013.
Tests predict ten-fold increase in Alzheimer’s risk 18 years in advance.
Low scores on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s 18 years in advance, a new study finds.
Dr Kumar B. Rajan, the study’s lead author, said:
“The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin decades before.
While we cannot currently detect such changes in individuals at risk, we were able to observe them among a group of individuals who eventually developed dementia due to Alzheimer’s.”
In the study, over two thousand people from Chicago were given tests of memory and thinking every three years over 18 years.
Around one in five of the participants, whose average age was 73, developed the disease during the study.
Lower scores on the tests predicted a ten-fold increase in the risk of developing the disease.
Relatively small decreases in performance on the test were linked to large increases in Alzheimer’s risk.
Dr Rajan said:
“A general current concept is that in development of Alzheimer’s disease, certain physical and biologic changes precede memory and thinking impairment.
If this is so, then these underlying processes may have a very long duration.
Efforts to successfully prevent the disease may well require a better understanding of these processes near middle age.”
The study was published in the journal Neurology (Rajan et al., 2015).

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