A blood test for Alzheimer’s disease has been the ‘holy grail’ for dementia diagnostics for many years, if not decades. Not only would a simple blood test confirm a diagnosis much quicker but it would also allow better and earlier treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. However, only recently these blood tests coming into reality. Why did … Continue reading Blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease – Are they becoming a reality?
Brain imaging, also called neuroimaging, encompasses a range of different techniques which can be used for dementia diagnostics. Some of the neuroimaging techniques have been around for many years, while others are cutting-edge. But how can the different neuroimaging techniques support a diagnosis of dementia and what are the changes seen in dementia on brain … Continue reading How does brain imaging help with dementia diagnostics?
One of the most common question I get asked when giving public talks is: “What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” So, let’s get this question out of the way first. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia. More precisely Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for ~60-70% of … Continue reading How many types of dementia are there?
The above question came from one of my Twitter followers (@muekekasimu). Thank you for the question! So, what brain aeas are affected by dementia? It is a deceptively simple question but fiendishly difficult to answer. The reason why it is so difficult to answer is that the brain areas affected by dementia differ for each … Continue reading Which brain areas are affected by dementia?