Scan offers Alzheimer’s Hope

An article in the health section of the Wall Street Journal says that the FDA has approved an Alzheimer’s test developed by Eli Lilly & Co.

“The much-anticipated tool detects the presence of proteins in the brain that are related to Alzheimer’s disease enabling clinicians to detect Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately in patients at the earliest sign of memory problems—a potential boon to treatment and developing drugs against the disease.

The test uses a chemical called florbetapir, known by the brand name Amyvid which is a radioactive agent that tags clumps of a sticky substance called an amyloid. Amyloid proteins are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. The chemical, which costs $1,600 per dose, then is detected using a brain imaging technique called positron emission tomography, known as PET scans.”

Read more:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304587704577332090297872490.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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