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A study finds that eye changes may be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

A study finds that eye changes may be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

The research, published in the scientific journal Acta Neuropathologica, analyzed retinal and brain tissue samples from 86 individuals.

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A new study suggests that changes in the eyes can signal the development of cognitive diseases, including Alzheimer’s, years before the first symptoms appear. The research, published in the scientific journal Acta Neuropathologica, analyzed retinal and brain tissue samples from 86 people with the disease and mild cognitive decline over a 14-year period. According to the study authors, this is the largest retinal sample analyzed to date.

The study is the first to provide in-depth analyzes of protein profiles and the molecular, cellular, and structural effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the human retina, and how they correspond to changes in human retinas, research leader Maya Koronio Hamoui said in a statement. Retina, brain and cognitive function. Changes in the retina have been associated with changes in the parts of the brain responsible for memory, navigation, and time perception.

By comparing the samples to a control group, the researchers found significant increases in beta-amyloid, an important marker of Alzheimer’s disease, in individuals with the disease and cognitive decline. In addition, they also found that microglia, which are responsible for repairing and maintaining other cells, decreased by 80% in individuals with cognitive problems, as well as signs of inflammation.

The results were also evident in people with little or no cognitive symptoms, suggesting that these new eye tests may be useful in aiding early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

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