A new publication has demonstrated that five different Total B12 assays gave normal B12 results in a patient with confirmed pernicious anaemia. To access the paper click here
A team from the Oxford Project to investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) has found that on average, in those taking vitamin supplements, brain shrinkage slowed by 30%.
In some cases it slowed by more than 50%, making their brain atrophy no worse than that of people without cognitive impairment.
Importantly, only the Active-B12 result and NOT the standard Total B12 result was able to predict the cognitive decline.
A petition to the Scottish Government has urged a review and overhaul of the current method of diagnosis and treatment of pernicious anaemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.
The chamber heard that there was no consensus across individual NHS boards on the current testing methods and also that the Axis-Shield Active-B12 test offers a more accurate method of detecting this disease.