This PhD work, carried out by Lluís Samaranch, supports the theory that the majority of patients with MCI are at an intermediate stage which will end up in an acute condition. However, not all cases with mild impairment evolve to this condition.
This conclusion was arrived at after the Memory Disorder Unit at the University Hospital searched for early indicators of the ailment. Besides neuropsychological markers involved, the most significant find was the discovery of PET (Positron Emission Tomography) as a highly efficacious technique for measuring the risk of evolving MCI.
Early detection to combat the disease
This multidisciplinary research involved neuropsychologists, nurses and engineers working together.
For more than 17 months a sample of 299 patients was studied. Of these, 103 suffered some mild cognitive impairment; 80 volunteered subjective complaints regarding memory; and 54 individuals were used as a control group, made up of volunteers from the Navarre Blood Donors’ Association.
All were tested neuropsychologically and with magnetic resonance and were subjected to various analyses and a genetic risk markers examination, amongst other procedures. Thanks to all this, the team came to the conclusion that the illness can be identified at early stages, before irreversible damage occurs, albeit with costly techniques such as the PET.
This is why the team insists on the necessity to find new, more accessible and simpler biochemical markers but with the same predictive capacity. In this manner we can undertake therapeutic intervention in the initial stages of Alzheimer – precisely when there are more possibilities of success.
Irati Kortabitarte | alfa
Satellites, airport visibility readings shed light on troops' exposure to air pollution
09.12.2016 | Veterans Affairs Research Communications
Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks
08.12.2016 | Penn State
Physicists of the University of Würzburg have made an astonishing discovery in a specific type of topological insulators. The effect is due to the structure of the materials used. The researchers have now published their work in the journal Science.
Topological insulators are currently the hot topic in physics according to the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Only a few weeks ago, their importance was...
In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.
Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
09.12.2016 | Life Sciences
09.12.2016 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation
09.12.2016 | Health and Medicine