Study raises possibility of connection between Jugular Venous Reflux and Alzheimer’s Disease

In a first-of-its-kind pilot study conducted by an international group of researchers, including UB Professor of Neurology Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, jugular venous reflux has been associated with white matter changes in the brain seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. White matter changes have long been associated with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and may relate to buildup of amyloid plaques, one of the key pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the study’s sample size is small, if validated through larger trials, it could potentially introduce new methods of diagnosing and managing patients with cognitive impairment. The study has been published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.\

Robert Zivadinov, MD PhD

Robert Zivadinov, MD PhD

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