Advances In Research and Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease
Abstract Background: Dementia drug development aims to modulate pathological processes that cause clinical syndromes. Population data (epidemiological neuropathology) will help to model and predict the potential impact of such therapies on dementia burden in older people. Presently this can only be explored through post mortem findings. We report the attributable risks (ARs) for dementia at death for common age-related degenerative and vascular pathologies, and other factors, in the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (MRC CFAS). Methods and Findings: A multicentre, prospective, longitudinal study of older people in the UK was linked to a brain donation programme. Conclusions: Such AR estimates cannot be derived from the living population; rather they estimate the relative contribution of specific pathologies to dementia at death. We found that multiple pathologies determine the overall burden of dementia.
- Publication Date
- Mar 2, 2015
- Science & Medicine
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- By (author): Samuel Barrack