Canadian Study Aims to Improve Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Canadian Study Aims to Improve Early Diagnosis and Treatment
The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) was designed by Ontario neuroscientists to improve early diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases that are inflicted with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. The specifics of this initiative are detailed in an article titled “The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI),” published in the Canadian Journal of Neurosciences. Dementia is the leading cause of neurological disability in the aging population, and the cost of caring for patients with dementia is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years. In order to effectively curb the rates of dementia, it is important to be able to identify — early and accurately — patients who are at a risk of developing dementia so they can be treated in a timely manner. So, scientists in Ontario, Canada, are conducting a prospective group study that will use multiple approaches to predict the development and progression of cognitive or neuropsychological impairment. The study will include 600 patients from across Ontario for a period of three years. The group will include patients afflicted with one of five diseases: Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment (150 patients), Parkinson's disease (150 patients), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (90 patients), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (60 patients), and vascular cognitive impairment as a result of stroke (150 patients), at multiple cent
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2 comments

  1. Deanne Tanner says:

    My husband suffers from Moderate Alz. & constantly complains about how his eyes bother him. He says if he moves his head his eyes don’t follow his head movement. There is no inflammation per his neurologist & the eye doc says he has healthy eye tissue but dry eye. Therefore he uses drops for the dryness. Is this common w/ this disease?

  2. Linda Grishman says:

    I have early stage Alz., but, as you can read, I am still fine as I am able to email and do research a out this incurable disease. It started with my maternal aunt decades ago, then my Mom, my cousin and my sister 13 years my senior. She has since passed away. I have been on Aricept for a number of years, and while I am still fully functional, live alone with my 3 cats and take care of them and myself, I am extremely concerned about my future. Was hoping for a cure long before I had symptoms. Hope to receive a reply.

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