While researchers are hard at work searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, they are also always seeking to understand the disease better. The Pavilion Senior Living previously shared a blog that discussed the history of Alzheimer’s disease. Now we want to highlight recent Alzheimer’s disease research and breakthroughs that bring hope for the future!
Recognizing the Disease and Diagnosing
Much of Alzheimer’s disease research is dedicated to a better understanding of the disease. With a better understanding of the disease, we can continue to improve how and when we diagnose the condition.
One of the newest methods of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease comes from Duke University. The research argues that a person with Alzheimer’s disease has a loss of blood vessels in their retina. This factor could allow for a simple eye test to signal a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. This process would be much easier and cost-effective compared to most traditional methods of diagnosis.
An MRI brain scan is typically the best method to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. While these tests seem to be the most effective and preferred diagnostic tool, there is always potential for a misdiagnosis by a doctor. But this is an uncommon scenario with it being estimated that 1 in 20 people a year are misdiagnosed. Stanford University has created an AI to help interpret MRI results to more accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. This Alzheimer’s disease research breakthrough is vital so that we can diagnose the disease quickly and accurately, and begin treatment.
Current Alzheimer’s Treatment Methods
While a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be discovered, researchers have found new methods for treating the disease. One of these methods comes from the University of Waterloo, which states that the use of antidepressants may delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This research can lead to a new path of treatment medication and a different perspective on the disease itself.
Another similar situation comes from researchers at the University of Manchester. These researchers believe they may have found an uncommon connection between Alzheimer’s disease and herpes simplex virus type one. Their research shows that an active HSV1 can cause cumulative damage to the brain and ultimately lead to Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery could lead us down the road of researchers tailoring drugs that target HSV1 towards those with Alzheimer’s disease.
There are many studies taking place that aim to give us a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. The more we understand the disease, the better the odds of us finding a cure. While we may still have a way to go until a cure is discovered, we have hope!
The Pavilion Senior Living offers compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Our memory care services are designed to provide those diagnosed with specialized programming and supportive and caring staff. We provide our residents with an active and enriching lifestyle that caters to their individual needs. If you’re interested in learning more about our communities or our services, contact one of our experts!