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Neck Scan Can Detect Dementia Way Before Appearance Of Its Symptoms

Scientists in their recent research demonstrated that an effortless minute scan of the patient’s neck can be helpful in identifying the early symptoms of dementia. They added that the actual symptoms leading to dementia might appear up 10 Years after these symptoms are evident on the scans. If proven strong for all cases, the latest test might soon become a regular test while screening middle-aged people and categorizing them as at the higher risk for dementia later in their life.

Scientists from the University College London studied the strength of a pulse moving to the brain through the neck from the heart. They found that the strength of this pulse from the heart to various body parts often varies. The large blood vessels are typically elastic. They are found to be absorbing the major pulse intensity from the heart owing to their wall elasticity. This leads to lessening the pulse intensity that moves to the brain. Thus, it stops the damage to the delicate and minute blood vessels of the brain.

On a similar note, as per the novel research from Dutch scientists, one in two females and one in three males are at the danger of forming degenerative neurological infections including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or stroke in their life. This research can be accessed online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Arfan Ikram, Professor, the senior author of the study, explained that the research team observed these neurological conditions among the aged individuals and estimated the occurrence of the problem. He added that the research team grouped these illnesses together not just because they are common but also because there are indications that they regularly co-occur and might have some overlapping reasons as well.

Ikram further stated that if the reasons for these illnesses overlap, the prevention tactics & treatments might as well overlap. Few of the future strategies, he highlighted, might reduce the risk of these neurological conditions by as much as 20–50%.