Home
In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 12, 2007 /2 Kislev 5768

Blood test a new tool for dementia patients

By Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins


Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Q: Over the past several years, my mother, now 83 years old, has becoming increasingly forgetful — leaving the oven on, locking herself outside her house, losing her car keys, getting lost near her house and so on.


My sisters and I took her to her family doctor who gave her some cognitive tests.


Although he said that the results were inconclusive, the doctor told us Mom "might" have Alzheimer's disease. But he didn't put her on any medication. Mom isn't much worse today, but she's not any better, either. I don't want to take her back to the family doctor because I don't think he was very attentive to Mom the first time around. What are our options?


A: While cognitive testing is only one tool in the diagnosis of the cause of memory loss, today, the definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's can be made only after death by an autopsy — hence the doctor's hesitation to make a diagnosis.


But the timing of your question is good, because just a few weeks ago, the media was buzzing over reports that a blood test has been developed by researchers that may be able to predict whether mild memory lapses could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. According to a paper published in the British journal Nature Medicine, an international team of researchers — based mainly at Stanford University — discovered that 18 proteins found in the blood predicted whether a person would develop Alzheimer's disease with 80 percent to 90 percent accuracy.


If these proteins can be used to predict the disease two to six years before the onset of the disease, it would help patients plan their lives — and their estates. While more research is necessary, experts tell us this blood test is a promising development. There are other developments in this area, as well. NextSteps talked to Dr. Ira Goldknopf, director of proteomics (the large-scale study of proteins) at Power3 Medical Products Inc., based in Houston, Texas. Goldknopf has nearly 40 years of proteomic experience, including 10 years on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and a year at the Medical Nobel Institute, Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden.


Goldknopf said that Power3 has discovered 59 neurodegenerative protein biomarkers in the blood whose concentrations can be monitored to diagnose Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). The company has already tested 750 patients and is "ready for commercialization" of the blood test, he said. The first step, which is expected shortly, is to make the test available to physicians, who can order them for their patients and then send samples to the Houston lab for analysis.


But, we asked, since there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or ALS, why would people want to have the test done? Because in the case of these diseases, "ignorance is not bliss," says Goldknopf. "The sooner you intervene, the better. By the time you diagnose these diseases by cognitive tests — and it's a lengthy process — (the patients) have already lost a lot of their brain capacity."


How about genetic testing? That, says Goldknopf, can tell people only whether they have the tendency to develop these diseases. "(Having the gene) doesn't necessarily mean that you'll get the disease." But with protein biomarker blood testing, "you can see the disease beginning to occur, and you can mark its progress." This would be invaluable during clinical trials of drugs that might be developed to combat these neurodegenerative diseases, he said.


Find a specialist in your state in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, and talk to that doctor about whether these new blood tests would be useful for your mother. This might provide valuable information, and give you and your sisters some idea of what to do next.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JAN L. WARNER received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Legal Letters (L.L.M.) in Taxation from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a frequent lecturer at legal education and public information programs throughout the United States. His articles have been published in national and state legal publications. Jan Collins began co-authoring Flying SoloŽ in 1989. She has more than 27 years of experience as a journalist, writer, and editor. To comment or ask a question, please click here.

Archives

© 2007, Jan Warner

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles