Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Blood test that can predict Alzheimer's: Elderly could be given early warning
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9 March 2014 | FIONA MACRAE

Posted on 03/09/2014 9:18:45 PM PDT by neverdem

The simple blood test could give early warning within three years

The test could speed the search for new drugs that delay or prevent disease

Experts are pleased, but it could bring health concerns if no cure is found

A simple blood test has been developed that gives healthy elderly people precious early warning they may get Alzheimer’s within the next three years.

It is hoped the test, the first to predict accurately who will become ill, could speed the search for new drugs that can delay or even prevent the devastating brain disease.

It could eventually lead to widespread screening in middle-age to identify those most at risk and give them greater warning...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; alzheimersdisease; phospholipids; plasmaphospholipids
Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults
1 posted on 03/09/2014 9:18:46 PM PDT by neverdem
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: neverdem

Zeke sez: “Won’t work over here. Death panels are cheaper.”


2 posted on 03/09/2014 9:21:08 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

What this test will result in, is not a quick cure.

It will result in people being unable to obtain insurance.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 9:23:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

My days and mind are filled with Alzheimer’s Disease, as both my parents have it.

I disagree that prevention would be much helped by a three year head’s up. There is a very good chance that that isn’t long enough to do serious prevention. And those three years might be fraught with anxiety.

Until each year when my parents first exhibited problems they could no longer hide, each seemed perfectly normal, happy, living full, rich lives. It would have been nothing but cruel to take those three joyful years away from them, even if it made them focus on their diets or exercise, or study about the disease. Truly, there would have existed a fear they did not, actually, have to feel. I’m glad they didn’t know.

First, come up with solid long term prevention. Then test for who will get it. I am sort of in the position of focusing on prevention, quite obviously, but that doesn’t mean I want to know today about my future.


4 posted on 03/09/2014 9:26:43 PM PDT by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: texas booster

Ping


5 posted on 03/09/2014 9:41:02 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem
Early warning but nothing you can really do about it.

Yes, I know about acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and glutamate antagonists.

6 posted on 03/09/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

I have 2 uncles. One was a brilliant electrical engineer who worked directly for the Navy then later as a consultant to the Navy. Now he’s lucky to know who his wife is. He is late 80s. As one person said, he’s forgotten more than most of the rest of us will never know.

His brother just turned 90 and totally lucid. You’d NEVER know he is 90! Still lives alone, still drives sometimes. Amazing.

And then their sister, my mother. She is amazing - has had a great memory all her life. Starting to repeat herself now but nothing like Alzheimers.

You just never know.


7 posted on 03/09/2014 10:05:38 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Aria

My mom is 97 and just started medication.

At that age is is very difficult to distinguish Alzheimers from a normal aging process (brain scans aren’t reliable). Perhaps the plasma phospholipid test would be useful in doing so.


8 posted on 03/09/2014 10:10:18 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
It will result in people being unable to obtain insurance.

Not from an exchange if under 65 or from Medicare.

9 posted on 03/09/2014 10:11:41 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

Just means a 3 year earlier trip to the Soylent Green factory.


10 posted on 03/09/2014 10:18:27 PM PDT by moovova
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

I’m hoping green veggie juice and red wine save me.

At least it keeps me fairly happy!


11 posted on 03/09/2014 10:22:59 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: beethovenfan
“Won’t work over here. Death panels are cheaper.”

It's just like registering your guns so the State can come and seize them. Seniors stupid enough to fall for this are signing their death warrants, as you say.

12 posted on 03/09/2014 10:26:42 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Aria
I’m hoping green veggie juice

Does that mean marijuana juice? I'll have to look into that.

13 posted on 03/09/2014 10:28:10 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

From all I have read, daily cardio exercise is your best prevention for Alzheimers and many other things. Increase your circulation as much as you can.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 10:44:53 PM PDT by Lizavetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: steve86

is marijuana a veggie? LOL

it really means my Joe’s mean green juice - as seen in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
LOL!!

Actually I’m having some right now - hope it doesn’t keep me up half the night...


15 posted on 03/09/2014 11:03:05 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle
Good point.

May the Good Lord help you in your trials and bring comfort to your parents.

16 posted on 03/09/2014 11:33:31 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Lizavetta

I’ve read so much about alzheimers. Yet I can’t find something in my parents’ lives that for sure played a part. My dad was thin and fit and my mom was more sedentary and overweight. They traveled, they read a lot, they were very smart.

Might be diet or exposure to chemicals. I don’t know.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 12:28:40 AM PDT by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

I’ve already signed up Harry Reid, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Diane Feinstein, and just about any Democrat politician whose name I could remember.

Tests: just confirming what we know. Zombies!


18 posted on 03/10/2014 12:52:39 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

boots n pants n boots n pants n boots n pants

19 posted on 03/10/2014 12:59:31 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aria

I watched that video, interesting. I’ve heard that the rise in Alzheimer’s is partly due to lack of cholesterol in the diet and all the statin drugs.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 1:20:53 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gattaca
At least one study has been published showing statins reduce risk of dementia. I'm going to bed or would find some links. Do you really think a lot of people today have a cholesterol deficient diet?
21 posted on 03/10/2014 1:27:17 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: steve86

I can find links (Science Daily) to show the opposite. The brain needs cholesterol to function.


22 posted on 03/10/2014 1:32:19 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: gattaca
Substantial evidence has accumulated in support of the hypothesis that elevated cholesterol levels increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). As a result, much work has been done investigating the potential use of lipid-lowering agents (LLAs), particularly statins, as preventive or therapeutic agents for AD. While epidemiology and preclinical statin research (described in Part 1 of this review) have generally supported an adverse role of high cholesterol regarding AD, human studies of statins (reviewed here) show highly variable outcomes, making it difficult to draw firm conclusions.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3248784/

Plenty of cholesterol is available to the CNS even with a max dosage of statins!

We haven't seen the final word on these studies, though.

23 posted on 03/10/2014 2:05:04 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for what you’re dealing with.I think you’ve got it exactly right: no testing for Alzheimer’s until there’s an effective treatment or path to prevention.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 2:19:25 AM PDT by Toucan Dance
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

Just in time for Obama’s Death Panels to deny you coverage for any subsequent illness:

“Tests indicate a 85% chance of dementia for patient. Coverage for cancer treatment is denied.”


25 posted on 03/10/2014 2:34:26 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve86

The jury is out, guess one has to research and draw their own conclusions.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 2:40:52 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

There has been a test in Nuclear Medicine that can find Alzheimer’s at an early stage and has been for years. However, Medicare refuses to fund it since there’s no cure for it.

In other words, why look for it if there’s nothing we can do about it?

I’d advise those with a family history to pay for the test out of pocket. You might not be able to do anything about the disease itself, but at least it can be helpful in planning your life.

By the way, do it under a fake name. This way, the insurance companies won’t find out.


27 posted on 03/10/2014 3:06:18 AM PDT by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: neverdem
Thank you. I will ping the FReeper folding team.
28 posted on 03/10/2014 4:52:38 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

Thanks for your perspective. I also would be hesitant to tell someone that was my prediction for them. Some would bring the disease on faster just by stressing over it. A self fullfilling prophecy.


29 posted on 03/10/2014 5:02:30 AM PDT by lee martell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Lizavetta

That’s what I think; good circulation maintains a better level of health. Condolezza Rice said her fathers health plummeted when he stopped working out or exercising following the death of his wife.


30 posted on 03/10/2014 5:10:09 AM PDT by lee martell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

One of my uncles (70) was recently tested. He’s clear but he had planned to kill himself if the results said he would get alzheiemrs. My youngest uncle is 63 and is in an advanced stage in a nursing home.


31 posted on 03/10/2014 6:42:42 AM PDT by stellaluna
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

We will have long forgotten about this drug by the time the FDA allows it’s use.

Pun intended.


32 posted on 03/10/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

bkmk


33 posted on 03/12/2014 10:05:58 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson