Study finds molecules that may be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease

Alan Wu

June 30, 2011

Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden recently studied molecules that are found in the cerebrospinal fluid. They found more highly concentrated amounts of these proteins in patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease than those who have other forms of dementia.

"When it comes to the link to Alzheimer's, we're thinking…of the possibilities to use these molecules as markers for an early and reliable diagnosis," Goran Larson, one of the scientists leading the study, said. "But also…of what role these molecules may play in the development and course of the disease."

Roughly 5.4 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's. The disease causes individuals to lose their memory and cognitive reasoning, which can increase the risk of falling, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior alert systems can provide security for individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease. Elderly individuals can use medical alert systems to get help if they fall and cannot reach a phone.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging conducted a study to determine the likelihood of falling for Alzheimer's patients, and they found that 42.3 percent of study participants experienced falling incidents.

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