Scientific Study Indicates Potential Risk Years Before Onset
Could this mean that if it’s predicted it could be treated earlier and well before the effects start to take hold. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more prevalent as people survive longer, more worryingly though there have been increasing cases in younger people the more research that goes into this the better to find a way to treat and even cure it.
The research is in it’s early days but read on and leave a comment on how valuable you think this is:
People aged 18 to 30 were asked to navigate through a virtual maze to test the function of certain brain cells.
Those with a high genetic risk of Alzheimer’s could be identified by their performance, according to German neuroscientists.
The findings could help future research, diagnosis and treatment, they report in the journal Science.
The scientists, led by Lukas Kunz of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, say the high risk group navigated the maze differently and had reduced functioning of a type of brain cell involved in spatial navigation.
The findings could give an insight into why people with dementia can find navigating the world around them challenging, they say.
“Our results could provide a new basic framework for preclinical research on Alzheimer’s disease and may provide a neurocognitive explanation of spatial disorientation in Alzheimer’s disease,” they report in Science
Dr Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research, said the latest study focused on healthy younger people at higher genetic risk of Alzheimer’s, suggesting they may already show alterations in spatial navigation several decades before the disease could start.