Brain Imaging May Identify Risks for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and dementia, can completely change the quality of an individual’s life. These types of diseases, which can many times become debilitating, may cause an individual to seek Social Security disability benefits.

An international team of researchers has found that brain imaging may help to identify those at risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease, with the focus being on patients who suffer from sleep disorders.

A study was conducted on patients who have rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (IRBD). Brain imaging was able to detect abnormalities long before an individual was even symptomatic.

Abnormalities in the brain showed up in 27 of the patients. When they were reevaluated 2 ½ years later, 30% of the patients had developed a neurodegenerative disease which included Parkinson’s disease and dementia. One person developed a rare condition, multiple system atrophy.

Identifying brain abnormalities early on opens up the door to proactively treating neurodegenerative diseases and providing patients with a more hopeful outcome.

If you have been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease or any other severe mental or physical disability, you should contact a Social Security disability representative. They can work with you to fight for the disability benefits that you may be eligible for.

Get a FREE Social Security disability guide and avoid the common mistakes many claimants make during their application or appeal. If you or your loved is suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, contact the Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332