New Guidelines Revolutionize the Way Alzheimer’s is Identified


For the first time in nearly three decades, researchers have released new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease – evidence that the disease begins destroying the brain years before symptoms surface. New evidence has been uncovered that shows the disease beginning to despoil the brain years in advance of the presentation of any outward symptoms.

The revised criteria were just released by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association. The logic behind their efforts lies in the belief that, the earlier a treatment plan for Alzheimer's can be initiated, the more effective it will ultimately be.

The first among these breakthroughs is the identification of biomarkers-specific physiological signs that signify that an individual will probably suffer from dementia in due course. The biomarkers for Alzheimer's consist of anomalous quantities of certain proteins (specifically amyloid and tau) in the spinal fluid or blood of an individual. Brain-shrinkage has also been named as a viable biomarker.

The second breakthrough in Alzheimer's diagnosis has to do with a modification in the overall picture of the progress of the disease. The new guidelines outline three distinct stages of Alzheimer's.

The first, or preclinical, stage occurs when symptoms are generally non-existent, but an individual is beginning to develop the biomarkers for the disease.

The second stage is entitled mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and refers to an individual who is exhibiting symptoms of minor memory loss.

In the third and final stage of Alzheimer's, an individual begins to demonstrate many of the obvious symptoms of the disease, such as severe memory loss and an inability to perform everyday tasks.

For more information about Alzheimer's:

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

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It takes some courage to say: this isn't working, I don't want it. It is kind of like saying the Emperor doesn't have on any clothes. They put my mom on patch for a few months. It did nothing for her mental function but it did fast forward her to the donut hole and the last 4 months of the year she had no drug coverage. Never again. If you look at the actual numbers, these drugs are only helpful in a very limited number of patients. Try something, if it works great but if not ditch it. Everyone should be able to decide for themselves if something helps or not.
I guess we all have alzheimers and will be forced into guardianships that the Alzheimer's association supports !!! when they should be working on a cure ! This is nothing more that a way for the Alzheimers association to help people track and capture the baby boomer generation and take over their lives ! Shame on the alzheimers association for betraying the American People.
What I want to know is why do doctors push memory drugs on their patience . My wife has been on these pills now for two and half years and they have not repeat they have not work. And they are very costly. All memory drugs that are approve by the FDA ,and yet one size fits all?