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Scientists Develop New Scanning Technique for Alzheimer’s Detection

CBS News reports that a study in Neuron has shown that there may be a scanning technique for identifying Alzheimer’s disease that “can detect changes in the brain as they occur.” Scientists of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan have developed a class of tau ligands, phenyl/pyridinyl-butadienyl-benzothiazoles/benzothiazoliums (PBBs) that bind to tau tangle proteins, whose presence often indicate  neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers, “were able to correlate the spread of the tau tangles within a brain to signs of Alzheimer’s disease progression in both animals and elderly people with the disease.” The new technique could be promising for not only the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s but also for other neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study in Neuron.