Brain imaging can help predict cognitive decline

Apr 06, 2012

Brain imaging may be able to predict cognitive decline.

Scientists from University of California, Los Angeles have developed a new brain imaging tool that will allow people to see neurological changes associated with cognitive decline. This can be helpful for someone who is thinking about buying life insurance.

"We are finding that this may be a useful neuro-imaging marker that can detect changes early, before symptoms appear, and it may be helpful in tracking changes in the brain over time," said study author Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging. He's also a professor of psychiatry at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the school.

Researchers now have a "window into the brain" and pinpoint exactly where these abnormal protein deposits are accumulating. This could be extremely useful if the technology to fix this is ever developed, but for now it is a good predictive measure for planning purposes.

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