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10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Every Adult Should Know

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Why early detection matters

With grim prognoses and very limited treatments for Alzheimers disease, early detection may not seem particularly advantageous. But that may be changing. One area of Alzheimer’s research involves treating people who exhibit early signs of Alzheimer’s with drugs that may decrease the production of amyloid beta (proteins that bunch together to form damaging plaques in the brain). Experts believe that people begin to develop amyloid plaques in their brains at least 10 years before they develop any obvious Alzheimer’s symptoms.Reisa Sperling, MD, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston,is leading a clinical trial called the A4 study, which evaluates patients with evidence of Alzheimers damage in the brain but who still have normal thinking and memory function.When a person already has a lot of memory trouble, they already have significant neuron loss, says Dr. Sperling. We need to find and treat people much earlier. The study, which originally launched in 2014, was extended and tweaked in 2017. For the newly modified version, researchers are testing an increased dosage of solanezumab, the antibody that targets the accumulation of amyloid in the brain, to see whether it can slow down Alzheimer’s symptoms before they become more apparent.To detect Alzheimer’s disease early, watch out for the following signs.

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