Every week we scour the news for the latest headlines in Alzheimer’s stories, care, treatment, and prevention. Here are this week’s biggest stories for the week of August 27th, 2012 – September 2nd, 2012.
Researchers found that changes in the levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s, called amyloid, can be detected up to 25 years before symptoms begin. For years, the focus of memory loss related treatment was finding a cure, a reactive measure. This study sets the stage for more of a focus on memory loss prevention, a proactive measure.
Plenty of health issues mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, including some that physicians don’t think to check for. Some are even treatable, once they are properly diagnosed. More than 100 other conditions, from vitamin and hormone deficiencies to rare brain disorders, can mimic Alzheimer’s disease, experts say.