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Changes in retina could help identify Alzheimer's

17-Nov-2020

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Certain regions in the retina are more affected by Alzheimer’s than other areas.

“Detecting these signs can help diagnose the disease more accurately, allowing for more effective intervention." - Dr. Koronyo, researcher.

A clinical trial of people aged 40 or more showing signs of cognitive decline was done.

Noninvasive technique was used to capture retinal images.

Regions in the retina that corresponded to brain damage and cognitive status were identified.

An increased buildup of retinal amyloid protein signified a higher likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s.

“Immune-modulation therapy may combat the disease by reducing toxic proteins and harmful inflammation in the brain....” - Dr. Koronyo

Research by Cedars-Sinai published in Alzheimer's & Dementia.

Identifying early changes will help diagnose patients early and treat better

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The journal publishes study results related to dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

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Hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center.

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Associate professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai