By the time the disease is well along it has usually demolished the brain beyond repair. That's why scientists believe the key to treating Alzheimer's is discovering its earliest stages. "We need to know how to do imaging, we need to know how to do the right psychological testing and match those to the genetics that is actually determining risk for Alzheimer's Disease," says Dr. Tanzi.
So far the research on healthy volunteers as well as people with the disease, has produced tantalizing leads to possible treatments. But what it has accomplished best is diagnosing Alzheimer's at earlier stages, often years before the most serious symptoms. The most effective method of diagnosis is not brain scans or genetic tests but psychological tasks like this one where the volunteer is timed as she connects letters and numbers in order. "It's a surprisingly sensitive test given how trivially easy it seems," says Dr. Blacker. Not so easy is what to tell the patients SU Bridge Because there's no cure, not even treatments to slow the progression of the disease, there's a big debate about when to tell people they're in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
For now the doctors decide on a case by case basis. "It's very frustrating to work with families and patients and be able to tell them this information but not be able to do anything about it," says Dr. Dickson. But the diagnosis has become so common that the Alzheimer's Association has set up a committee of advisors of people who actually have the disease Among the major tasks of this committee is advising doctors on when to tell patients and how to help them cope with a future of Alzheimer's.
Troopers with the Department of Public Safety and deputies with the Dickens County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of a fatal crash near Spur, TX.
Our First Alert Weather team is tracking severe weather conditions in our viewing area after a series of Tornado Warnings on Tuesday afternoon.
As fans in Lubbock and across the South Plains prepare for Garth Brooks' five-show run in the Hub City, restaurants and hotels are also preparing for the expected influx of guests, also known as the 'Garth Effect'.
As part of the roll-back, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.
A wonderful act of kindness here in Lubbock today. The Lubbock Police Department Homeless Outreach team posted a photo on Facebook Monday, after one of the men they help named Spencer Terry, had his bike stolen that was given to him from the Homeless Outreach Team.