Over 560 Utah Auctions End Today - Bid Now
Over 350 Total Lots Up For Auction at Two Locations - MD 12/15, CA 12/21

Blood Test Predicts Frontal Lobe Dementia (FTD) Risk

by Lynn Shapiro, Writer | March 20, 2009
Frontal lobe dementia
University of Antwerp researchers have developed a blood test that can predict whether a patient will develop frontal lobe dementia (FTD), long before symptoms occur, based on the amount of progranulin in the bloodstream.

Unlike Alzheimer's disease, FTD frequently strikes people younger than 65. In FTD, the disease process starts in the frontal lobe where large numbers of brain cells begin to die off. Like Alzheimer's, FTD is responsible for a lack of cognitive functions such as language, behavior and personality and later in the disease process, the loss of memory.

Researcher Christine Van Broeckhoven and her colleagues found that a large percentage of people who have FTD have a genetic defect in chromosome 17 and that the defect causes them to produce only half the normal amount of a progranulin protein. Additional results indicate that a lack of progranulin also plays a role in Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

New & Refurbished C-Arm Systems. Call 702.384.0085 Today!

Quest Imaging Solutions provides all major brands of surgical c-arms (new and refurbished) and carries a large inventory for purchase or rent. With over 20 years in the medical equipment business we can help you fulfill your equipment needs

Krisel Sleegers, one of Van Broeckhoven's researchers, has developed a test to measure the amount of progranulin in the blood. The test, which is simple, will help doctors determine if someone is at risk of developing FTD long before symptoms appear.

Source: Universiteit Antwerpen