Alzheimer’s research takes leap forward with new discovery

When talking to your primary care physician about concerns you may have with your memory, you may want to ask how familiar he or she is with diagnosing dementia and whether there are circumstances in which they would refer you to a specialist. It is often helpful to bring a list to your appointment of any changes in your health, including your mood, memory, and behaviors. It is important to answer your doctor’s questions honestly and to the best of your ability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Multiple milestones have been reached in both national and global research. A study done at the University of Oulu found that the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s is not able to clean itself effectively.
  • Many Alzheimer’s drugs made strides this year, including Aducanumab, which the FDA is currently reviewing.
  • “A lot of times people with all Alzheimer’s disease have these non-cognitive symptoms,” Kofman said. “They can have insomnia, they can have delusions, or hallucinations as part of the disease.”

“The findings from this study are crucial for understanding the brain mechanisms that lead to Alzheimer’s disease and the prevention and treatment of the disease.”

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