Blood test for Alzheimer’s

‘The Herald (South Africa)’ – 2014-03-11
RESEARCHERS in the United States have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90% accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.
The test looks for 10 signatures of fatty proteins called lipids, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine.
It could help families of people developing the cognitive disorder make early decisions on how best to care for them and might also aid the search for treatment, the authors said.
Several years of clinical trials are likely to be needed to assess the prototype technique, the first blood biomarker to predict the tragic degenerative disease. Alzheimer’s, caused by toxic proteins that destroy brain cells, is an incurable and fatal degenerative disease.
About 35 million people have the disease, a tally that is expected to reach 115 million people by 2050, according to the World Health Organisation.
“Our novel blood test offers the potential to identify people at risk for progressive cognitive decline and can change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder,” Howard Federoff, a professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington, said.
Attempts to develop drugs for Alzheimer’s had failed, possibly because they were tested when the disease had progressed too far, Federoff said. – AFP

The Ides of March

Tues 11 March 2014

7 years 6 months on …

Advantage CBD

Physically, the CBD appears to be racing on   …   left arm, left leg, right arm, memory, mind … and mentally it’s taking its toll too …

I’m not getting anything done and that frustrates me. My arms are becoming just too heavy to lift.

There’s pain, discomfort, twitching, spasms, weakness all rolled into one.

That one being me and my body (or should I say my body and I!).

I must admit I’m an avid Channel 199 follower and I’ve even taken to Twitter! It’s become clear to me just how important language is; the right word, the wrong place, the wrong word, the right place, and once uttered it’s out and can’t be retracted!

I must admit I’m spending more and more time in front of the TV – it’s my eye on the world and keeps me sane. Right now there’s so much on the go, besides Ch 199.

A missing Boeing, a War waiting to happen, wet coal and load shedding, cricket that rains out …when is the Nkandla report out?

So I put it to you, and I’ll come back to that later, but what interests me, who ratted on the bullet in the restaurant and through the sunroof?

Wednesday is my 200th ED IS IN WED interview on AlgoaFM. My thanks to the radio station and especially to Lance du Plessis for indulging me for four years now and in so doing raising the awareness of people living with illness. My thanks to all the listeners for tuning in, writing and calling. You are the wind beneath my wings!