Scientists have developed a new brain scanning technique which could detect the signs of Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms traditionally start to appear.
The new cutting-edge technology is being trailed by Professor Nick Fox at the Dementia Research Centre at UCLH.
Using a technique called emission tomography (PET) scans the scientists are able to use radioactive tracers which can then reveal the first signs of the disease.
Professor Fox said: “This is a very exciting time. There is a new window of opportunity. New technology allows us to see the first signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, earlier than we ever could before.”
The professor's work along with a range of revolutionary new treatments are being examined in a new episode of Horizon called 'Curing Alzheimer's'.
Along with the detection method, the programme also looks at a drug which has been making waves in the field of Alzheimer's prevention.
Aducanumab has been shown to massively reduce amyloid plaque, a hallmark of the disease as well as slowing cognitive decline among those suffering.
The drug has been so successful that Al Sandrock, Chief Medical officer of Biogen, which manufactures the drug said that early results show: “If we treat early enough, we may stave off Alzheimer’s disease completely and we may never have to worry about it again.”
Finally the programme looks at how new drugs are helping to assist people who are already suffering from the early stages of the disease.
Professor Robert Wurtman from MIT, Boston has been working with mice to discover that extra doses of brain building nutrients like Uridine, Choline and DHA can help increase the production of brain synapses.
10 Symptoms For Alzheimer's
- 1Finding it difficult to complete home tasksAlexandra Grablewski via Getty Images
- 2Finding it hard to read and understand visual images.Rob Lewine via Getty Images
- 3Misplacing thingsladi59 via Getty Images
- 4Confusion with time or places.mediaphotos via Getty Images
- 5Solving problems.Martin Barraud via Getty Images
- 6Withdrawel from social activities.Ryan McVay via Getty Images
- 7Mood changesThe Welfare & Medical Care via Getty Images
- 8Decreased or poor judgment.Martin Moos via Getty Images