Super-Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Made Possible by Brain Scans

"Tau tangles" and "amyloid plaques" might evoke a Medusa-like image of a head full of chaotic, snake-ridden hair. Unfortunately, these plaques and tangles represent something more real. They're the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease – brain-invading protein formations that used to be detectable only after death. Within the last decade, however, positron emission tomography, or PET scanning, has made amyloid imaging possible while people are alive. Even more recently, within the past f...
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Bingo is an ideal game for people with dementia

Games for people with Alzheimer’s can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. Every care community in the world probably has a Bingo game – and that’s about as low tech as you can get – yet Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. When I was just beginning my research into Alzheimer’s disease, trying to find out what it was, why it effected a person the way it did, and looking for best-care practices, I came across a study i...
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