Dementia experts from King’s College London have claimed that people with two very common types of dementia are often being misdiagnosed and consequently prescribed inappropriate medicine.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s dementia are the two types of dementia being referred to. Lewy Body dementia is the most common age-related dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, and most people with Parkinson’s disease develop Parkinson’s dementia.
The world’s largest medical imaging study was recently launched on Thursday April 21st in the UK, where over 100 000 Britons will have their bodies and brains scanned and studied. Aimed to shed light on the onset of progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and different types of dementia, the massive study hopes to help researchers understand different risk factors in order to help prevent these diseases from occurring.
Misdiagnoses are some of the most critical mistakes that can happen in the field of medicine. In the case of dementia-related cases, it can lead to unwanted side effects through inappropriate prescriptions, and the condition of the person living with dementia worsening.
A new discovery has been found that may be responsible in increasing the risk of dementia as well as stroke.
An American study has recently identified a new gene (known as FOXF2) that may increase the risk of dementia as a result of small vessel disease. Consequently, this also increases the risk of having a stroke.
This study is novel in its discovery as past studies have looked mainly at genes that cause multiple different types of strokes, but not hemorrhages, which have some different risk factors.