Potential Alzheimer’s Cure?
There has been such bad news for nursing home residents and the aging population lately. As a nursing home attorney, we see many families with members with Alzheimer’s dementia. It is the most common form of dementia. But maybe a cure is coming. Recently, researchers discovered a key to a potential cure for Alzheimer’s in a blood test. The experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it. It identified signs of the disease 20 years before clinical signs.
Scientists reported that this new blood test is as accurate as more expensive or invasive current methods. Critics and cynics warn that the new approach still needs more testing and validation. Of course, it is not yet ready for wide use. The new blood test is a significant step toward a longtime goal of a cure.
The test has the potential to make diagnosis simpler, more affordable and widely available. It boosts the hopes and dreams of millions. Soon there will be a simple way to diagnose, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s. Developing such a test has been a long-sought goal.
The journal Neurology published a study finding that a combination of healthy lifestyle behaviors is tied to substantially lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Certain behaviors decrease risk such as physical activity, not smoking, light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, a high-quality diet, and cognitive activities.