Diamonds and PET scans can diagnose Alzheimer’s sooner

Yale Medicine researchers have used a new technique involving diamonds and PET scans to look for biomarkers of Alzheimer’s for early detection. The researchers have used a technique called vibrational spectroscopy that involves using a light reflection off of a diamond core to confirm characteristics of Alzheimer’s in blood plasma. The technique was reported as

Stuffed animal has lifelike heartbeat to aid Alzheimer’s patients

A couple of University of Illinois students have created a startup called Therapalz to give soothing vibrations, sounds, movement and a lifelike heartbeat within a stuffed animal for Alzheimer’s patients. The 2 students, junior systems engineering and design major Fiona Kalensky and junior marketing major Isak Massman, designed the companion animal for a student organization Design

Imaging detects difference between depression and cognitive disorders

Researchers claim that single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging can accurately help differentiate between depression and cognitive disorders like dementia. The study examined 4541 people in total — 847 with dementia, 3269 with depression and 425 with both. SPECT imaging measures the blood flow and activity in the brain and the researchers saw that