ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local researchers have found another early indicator of Alzheimer’s.

In patients with early Alzheimer’s, disruptions in brain networks emerge about the same time as chemical markers of the disease appear in the spinal fluid.

Washington University researcher Dr. Beau Ances made the discovery by comparing MRI brain scans with spinal taps.

What the new research suggests, according to Ances, is that even though individuals may appear cognitively normal, doctors can begin to see changes within their brain due to Alzheimer’s very early in the disease.

“That may be important because if we have these kinds of measures then this will help us in a) diagnosing these individuals and b) in therapies that could be given to these individuals,” Ances explains.


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