Brain Decline Can Be Predicted
Researchers found a chemical, in the blood that indicates whether a person will have brain decline. They were looking for signs of Alzheimer’s disease. So, they analyzed 1.129 proteins of more than 200 twins. The received data were compared with cognitive-function tests over the next ten years in Translational Psychiatry. The researchers found that people who have brain decline, the levels of one protein, MARKAPK5 were lower. This protein is responsible for relaying chemical processes. But, its connection with the brain decline is still unknown.
According to several researches, 44 million people have dementia. 135 million people will have this disease by 2050. 71% will be in middle-income or poor. The global cost of dementia is $600 billion. In the United Kingdom, cancer research gets 8 times more money for research.
According to Dr Steven Kiddle, from the King's College London, people believe that it is hard to reverse the potential damages of the brain that lasted 20 years. If you start earlier with the process, you may find something that can help you. In addition, blood tests can identify people for medical trials. But, it is not possible to go to a doctor and order a test that will tell you do you have Alzheimer’s disease or not.
The twins that participated in the study must be followed many years in order to see is this protein lined to dementia. According to Dr Eric Karran, from Alzheimer's Research UK, the protein MARKAPK5, is linked with the brain decline, over a period of ten years. However, further research is needed in order to investigate more, about possible mechanisms.