Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday hot tub reading

A recent study showed a protein (called PZP) increases in the blood as an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. I'm not bashing this research at all, because most neurologists would love a simple, reliable, blood test to offer patients.

However, the same protein also increases in one other human condition.

Pregnancy.

And I just can't wait to tell someone "The labs show you're pregnant. Or have Alzheimer's disease. Or both."

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh really. Ya, not so much, right?

wv: colastab I'll cut a witch if I have no Coke Zero?

Jess said...

I'm thinking that after nine months, drop them off two blocks from the hospital. If they find their way to the emergency department, you can pretty well rule out Alzheimers.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...perhaps they forgot to take their birth control pills...or forgot they were a women...or both.

danielle said...

So we FINALLY have scientific proof that there really is 'pregnancy brain'!!!

Donkaloosa said...

My 85 yr old mother has Alzheimer's --- or maybe she's pregnant. EEEK! What are those old folks doing at night in the nursing home???

Jono said...

The bad part being that you can't remember how you got pregnant.

Magnolia said...

danielle that is -exactly- what I thought 'Oh god..scientific proof of placenta brain!'

History Doc said...

Finally--an explanation for why my husband treated me like an incompetent moron throughout my first pregnancy. No, wait...

Silliyak said...

Either way, you're about to lose your mind.

dr lasermed said...

Someone beat me to it. I now understand pregnancy brain.

Sarah said...

wouldn't it be rather unlikely to be pregnant and have alzheimers?

Talking Scientist said...

"The labs show you're pregnant. Or have Alzheimer's disease. Or both. Do you remember having sex recently?"
there fixed it

Anonymous said...

Yes! I knew that "baby brain" would eventually be proven as fact!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the first Anonymous - funny in theory, not funny when you actually do have to tell someone s/he has Alzheimer's. We know you really do care about your patients!
In the unlikely situation that the patient in question is a fertile woman, would you just add a genuine pregnancy test to the lab test order?

Gaella said...

"The labs show you're pregnant. Or have Alzheimer's disease. Or both." Haha this made me laugh :)

Don Keefhardt said...

We know how hot tubs can contribute to pregnancy...but do they have a similar role in Alzheimers ?

Anonymous said...

Well that's not bad really, since you can rule out pregnancy for all your male patients and also for those female patients who are either postmenopausal or have been surgically sterilized. Just sayin'.

 
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