Boost for dementia fight
SCIENTISTS have discovered a dementia marker in the brain stem that could enhance early detection and treatments to delay the disease.
New research from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has linked worse symptoms and faster memory decline in early Alzheimer’s disease with a part of the brain stem – the locus coeruleus. Scientists used brain scans and post-mortem data to make the discovery.
They say the locus coeruleus’ integrity could be used as a marker of early Alzheimer’s, where tracking its changes uncover how the disease may develop in individuals to help with treatment.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia.