Brain Awareness Week – Early Detection Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign, founded by The Dana Foundation, to engage and educate the public on the advances and advantages of brain research in a worldwide celebration of the brain.
This Brain Awareness Week, Randox Biosciences want to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy brain. There are many lifestyle habits that you can adopt to maintain or potentially improve your health as you age.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. A general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80% of dementia cases.1 Though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are various medications and lifestyle changes that can slow down the progression of the condition.
Randox Biosciences are committed to the development of new tests to improve health worldwide. We have recently developed a rapid blood test to detect a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. We are honoured to support the Brain Awareness Week campaign to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease globally, remaining dedicated to furthering our research and development.
Randox Alzheimer’s detection test is a blood test that can identify the risk of Alzheimer’s in 3 hours, utilising our patented Biochip Array Technology.
Our blood test provides a faster alternative to identifying patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s than standard testing which analyses a patient’s DNA. Using a single patient sample, the test works to detect the presence of a protein in the blood produced by a specific variation of the apolipoprotein gene (ApoE4), which is associated with the increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The apolipoprotein gene is inherited from each parent. When a patient inherits the ApoE4 variant from one parent they have a three times greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Whereas, a patient who inherits ApoE4 from both parents is 8 or 12 times more likely to develop the disease.
As mentioned above, research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.1 Therefore, by using the Alzheimer early detection test and knowing you are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, you can work towards improving your brain health by maintaining or beginning to live a healthy lifestyle.
This Brain Awareness Week, we are urging the pubic to not only help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease but also educate themselves on the signs and symptoms to increase early diagnosis. As a global diagnostic company, Randox Biosciences are committed to the on-going development of diagnostic tests, as well as our research into numerous disease areas to improve health worldwide.
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1 – Alzheimer’s Association