Nearly 82 million people could be victims of dementia in 2030, and 152 million by 2050, estimates the World Health Organization (WHO). This disease, very widespread and yet still little known, results in a deterioration of memory, behavioral and thought disorders, or even in difficulties in carrying out certain tasks of daily life. To improve its detection, British researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have just identified seven signs of cerebral deficiency visible up to nine years before the diagnosis of the disease. Results that may allow the development of treatments that are more suitable for patients in the future.
“There are currently very few effective treatments for dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease”, explains in the introduction the University of Cambridge in an article. Until now, researchers did not know if it was possible to detect changes in brain function before the first symptoms appeared. It was by analyzing data from the Biobank, which contains information on the health and medical history of 500,000 Britons aged 40 to 69, that scientists were able to observe seven warning signs of deficiencies in patients who developed, years later, a form of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s type dementia. Domains (…)
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