Health Professionals Discuss Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research

June 20, 2009

Doctors, nurses, and caretakers gathered Saturday at the University of Virginia to hear about new breakthroughs in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

The goal is to help caretakers learn techniques on how to diagnose Alzheimer's Disease in family members or patient, and to understand the role of imaging technologies in the detection of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

"We can look at images to tell whether there's shrinkage in certain parts of the brain specifically affected by Alzheimer's Disease," explains Dr. David Geldmacher, a Professor of Neurology at UVA. " And we can also look at areas of the brain that might mimic parts of Alzheimer's disease like strokes,or blockage of fluid flow in the brain."

At the conference, health professionals also discussed how medications that treat behavioral side effects of dementia can make it easier for an elderly person to continue living at home rather than in a nursing home.

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