Alzheimer’s disease not only affects the person diagnosed with this cognitive disease, but it negatively affects a family as a whole. American ranked Alzheimer’s as the most feared disease even before cancer. While efforts to find a cure have been unsuccessful, research continues to be done on this cognitive disease. Diagnostic imaging scans are now being used as a tool to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease.
Marking Proteins Could Mean Early Detection and Treatment for Cancer, Heart Disease, and Alzheimer’s
When conquering such diseases, early detection of specific treatments are the most important things to focus on. Detection of molecular biomakers offers non-invasive ways to highlight the best ways to help. Thanks to various imaging procedures, such as PET Scans, MRI Scans, and Ultrasounds, scientists have started to pinpoint specific proteins that signal development of certain cancers, heart diseases, and Alzheimer’s: a little red flag to begin treatment.
PET and MRI scans can detect β-amyloid in the brain which signals the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Fluorescent “Dmt-Tic” probes can focus on the δ-Opioid Receptor which is linked to lung cancer. Using these […]
While most biological systems use the lymphatic system to remove waste, the central nervous system uses something called the glymphatic system, which “cleans the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surround the brain and spinal cord and relies on specialized CNS support cells known as glia.” Helene Benveniste at Stony Brook University used a fluorescent tracer in rats, and tracked it with an MRI scan. This study has identified “two key influx nodes” in the brain. The team was able to measure the rate at which the glymphatic system removed the fluorescent […]