Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 18, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of the world-famous Mayo Clinic. Researchers say a common condition of the brain believed to be a harmless part of aging could really be a disease that changes an older adult’s brain function, signaled by white “age spots.” Its name: “leukoaraiosis.”
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/anti-aging/new-study-discovers-harmful-age-spots-on-the-brain), leukoaraiosis means that the brain has tiny spots that look like white dots in an MRI scan. These tiny dots are areas of the brain where oxygen hasn’t been reaching. This alone doesn’t sound too positive. The results are published now online in Radiology.
In a press release, the researchers explained that there has been controversy over these spots seen in MRI scans. In the past, leukoaraiosis has been considered a benign part of the aging process, like gray hair and wrinkles.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “New Study Discovers Harmful ‘Age Spots’ on Brain,” reports that leukoaraiosis is something akin to aliens—unidentified bright objects or, simply, UBOs. What is happening is that blood vessels become diseased and create small areas of damage in the brain’s white matter. The important point here is that such damage is common in people over 60.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that initially, the researchers thought it was a part of aging, but now they suspect not. The study lasted from 2006 to 2010 and included patients who had no issues with cognition. Leukoaraiosis appeared in 18 people at 25 milliliters, while in 18 people of the same age, the amount was below five milliliters. Patients did brain tasks like identifying word pairs and visual tests—meanwhile, an MRI was measuring changes in the brain.
The success was similar throughout each group, but the two groups did have different “brain activation patterns.” People who had the 25 milliliters had certain things going on, like less activation in the area of the brain that processes language. On the other hand, they had more activation in the visual area during that test.
The brain has different systems, and each can do things differently in the face of disease. One thing is known: damage in the white matter can disrupt the whole language process. Basically, the researchers believe that leukoaraiosis is something to pay attention to, it is not just a harmless aspect of the aging process most dread.
It is an actual condition that is changing brain function. And it doesn’t get much more important than that. There is also newfound evidence that high blood pressure can play a role in its development.
(SOURCE: “‘Harmless’ condition shown to alter brain function in elderly,” Radiological Society of North America, Aug. 13, 2012.)
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