Alzheimer Disease Might be Detected With Blood Testing

A new study has determined that it might be possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in a person through a blood test. Scientists have been running their tests based on the DHEA hormone which seems to decrease in the people that have developed the disease.

Through a process that is known as oxidation the scientists were able to encourage the body of those without Alzheimer to produce more DHEA hormones however this was not possible with the patients that did have the disease.

This led the scientists to prove that there was indeed a correlation between the inability of the Alzheimer patients to produce more of the hormone and their cognitive impairment. This was followed by their statement that they have no doubt that by running blood tests on a patient they can diagnose if the disease is present.

Doctors have mentioned that this is a great step in the diagnosis of the disease in its early stages because currently they are only able to give a definite diagnosis on a deceased person by examining their brain tissue. The advancement in this study is the fact that if Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosable through a blood test then other mental conditions will be ruled out when examining a patient.

Researchers also determined that once the disease has been diagnosed – especially in its early stages – they can start therapy and treatment for it. At the same time they can continue to study the evolution of the disease once it’s being treated.

There are over 26 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s all over the world and this number is expected to grow to 106 million in the next 40 years.

Researchers are confident that the blood testing is only the beginning of more to be discovered about the disease.

Chemicals From Ski Wax Hazardous to Blood

A novel investigation performed by the Osaka University in Japan discovered that middle aged men and women can actually lower their levels of blood pressure when they listen to music and have a few laughs.

The investigation was performed with a group of almost 80 people whose ages ranged from 40 to 74. There was also another group that was labeled as the control group which didn’t listen to music.

In order to keep track of the changes in the blood pressure, researchers made sure to take the blood pressure before the session would start. They also encouraged the subjects to start singing so they would get in the happy mood of music. Once they went home they were persuaded to keep on listening to more music.

A yoga technique was implemented in the study which is considered to be the yoga of laughter; it was supported with other relaxing techniques that also helped the subjects breathe easier.

The duration of the study was three months which gave the researchers plenty of time to start analyzing and comparing the results that they were obtaining. They were able to see that the blood pressure levels had successfully decreased in the subjects that were part of the laughter group. These results were compared to those obtained from the control group – which didn’t listen to music – which presented no change in their blood pressure levels.

Although the results of this study brings joy the researchers have stated that further testing is needed in order to prove that the results will last for the long term. They added that even though this is preliminary, all people starting from the age of 40 should make it a point to start listening to music more often because at the end it will do more good and no harm.