New York City, NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have recently made significant discoveries about the biochemical and genetic defects associated with frontotemporal dementia. This dementia is a group of often misdiagnosed brain diseases that affect both language and personality. These diseases affect the nerves in the frontal and temporal lobes which are responsible for decision making, judgment, behavior, and language. Patients of frontotemporal dementia often receive mistaken diagnoses pointing to Alzheimer’s disease, midlife crisis, stroke or psychiatric illness.
The researchers claim they have identified drugs that may be able to treat the buildup of proteins in the brain, a defect that is associated with the disease. Bruce L. Miller, a psychiatry and neurology professor at the University of California, says, “I think at least some subtypes of frontotemporal dementia will be the first neurodegenerative diseases we find a cure for.” However, drug trials have yet to be conducted. Even if cures for frontotemporal dementia do emerge at some point, it will certainly be too late for those with advanced cases of the disease. Also, it is hard to tell whether the new cures for frontotemporal dementia will be any more effective than the cures for Alzheimer’s which only produce temporary effects at best.
While sympathizing with patients of this new form of dementia, Marc Slater, managing director of eReflect, says that patients should consider taking up memory training as a means of increasing memory. Researchers have long known that cognitive training has the ability to delay the onset of dementia. This is a result of neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to change or reorganize itself. As Mr. Slater puts it, “Scientists now widely accept that the human brain is not fixed; and just like a muscle, it has the ability to grow new cells and improve its function as a result of brain training.” Through memory training, patients of dementia and other individuals who are at risk of developing dementia can achieve significant memory improvement.
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