RxPG News Feed for RxPG News

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
  Home
 
   Health
 Aging
 Asian Health
 Events
 Fitness
 Food & Nutrition
 Happiness
 Men's Health
 Mental Health
 Occupational Health
 Parenting
 Public Health
 Sleep Hygiene
 Women's Health
 
   Healthcare
 Africa
 Australia
 Canada Healthcare
 China Healthcare
 India Healthcare
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 UK
 USA
 World Healthcare
 
   Latest Research
 Aging
 Alternative Medicine
 Anaethesia
 Biochemistry
 Biotechnology
 Cancer
 Cardiology
 Clinical Trials
 Cytology
 Dental
 Dermatology
 Embryology
 Endocrinology
 ENT
 Environment
 Epidemiology
 Gastroenterology
 Genetics
 Gynaecology
 Haematology
 Immunology
 Infectious Diseases
 Medicine
 Metabolism
 Microbiology
 Musculoskeletal
 Nephrology
 Neurosciences
 Obstetrics
 Ophthalmology
 Orthopedics
 Paediatrics
 Pathology
 Pharmacology
 Physiology
 Physiotherapy
 Psychiatry
 Radiology
 Rheumatology
 Sports Medicine
 Surgery
 Toxicology
 Urology
 
 Medical News
 Awards & Prizes
 Epidemics
 Launch
 Opinion
 Professionals
 
   Special Topics
 Ethics
 Euthanasia
 Evolution
 Feature
 Odd Medical News
 Climate

Last Updated: May 30, 2013 - 2:49:26 PM
News Report
Medical News Channel

subscribe to Medical News newsletter
Medical News

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Early diagnosis can check dementia

May 7, 2013 - 11:46:47 AM
The earlier the disorder is detected, the better the intervention, he said. Awareness is required about the latest technology so that more patients can avail themselves of this free service, Mandal said.

 
[RxPG] Manesar -, May 7 - Go for a brain scan from age 55 years onwards, at least once in five years, to check for signs of mental deterioration, a leading Indian scientist says.

There is no cure for disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, common forms of dementia, but medication can prevent deterioration and reduce the symptoms if the condition is diagnosed early, Pravat Mandal, a professor at the National Brain Research Center - here, told IANS in an interview.

Mandal, a senior editor of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and guest editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, has developed a state-of-the art imaging technology to detect early signs of dementia.

The test is available free of charge for the first time in India at the NBRC. More than 300 people, mostly referred by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences -, have benefited from the test, introduced about a year and half ago, Mandal said.

Dementia is a progressive loss of cognitive functions that leads to confused thinking, and mostly affects the elderly. People suffering from the disorder tend to forget things like what they ate yesterday or their own address. They also develop hallucinations.

The World Health Organisation - estimates that the number of people living with such diseases worldwide was 35.6 million in 2010, could double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.

According to a report by the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India, the country had an estimated 3.7 million people with dementia in 2010, and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

The 13-minute-long non-invasive test developed by Mandal and his team is being performed in collaboration with Manjari Tripathi of the AIIMS' neurology department.

The test could easily detect the abnormalities in the early stage of any disorder. The MRI scans offered by the centre are safer and easier as they do not require radiation, drugs and surgery, Mandal said.

For want of awareness, people are not well informed about the need for brain scans, said Mandal, who is a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California-Davis and an assistant professor in the psychiatry department of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

Before any manifestation of brain disorder, certain chemical changes occur in the specific regions of the brain. In some cases, structural changes are also observed in the brain prior to the clinical symptoms, Mandal said.

For instance, in the case of pre-Alzheimer, hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in the processing of memory and spatial navigation, becomes alkaline; in normal aged persons this is acidic, he added.

Anybody who is above 60 can be affected by the disorder as age is the main risk factor for Alzheimer's. In rare cases, some genetically inherit it, Mandal pointed out.

The earlier the disorder is detected, the better the intervention, he said. Awareness is required about the latest technology so that more patients can avail themselves of this free service, Mandal said.

-



Related Medical News News
Gogoi announces Rs.5 lakh each to HIV victims, four officials suspended
Woman's complain against hospital dismissed
Apollo Hospital offers senior citizens only OPD
New mental health bill bans electric shocks, gives right to treatment
Caution: Eating Goan frog legs could cause cancer
Assam town protests blood bank's HIV 'mistake'
'Collaboration key to addressing problems of disabled'
Mumbai gets special cancer centre for women
Assam blood bank accused of spreading HIV virus
Re-build society with safe blood transfusion: A.K. Walia

Subscribe to Medical News Newsletter

Enter your email address:


 Feedback
For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

 
Contact us

RxPG Online

Nerve

 

    Full Text RSS

© All rights reserved by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited (India)