Experimental blood test predicts Alzheimer’s with 87% accuracy

In a potentially massive step forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s, researchers at Queen’s College in London have made a discovery that could lead to the development of a blood test to predict Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, published in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, successfully identified 10 proteins that predict the development of Alzheimer’s  After analyzing the levels of these proteins in blood samples from study participants, researchers were able to accurately predict the development of Alzheimer’s in 9 out of 10 cases.

The unique nature of Alzheimer’s makes this finding especially significant.  By the time symptoms begin to present in people with Alzheimer’s, it’s too late to reverse the damage done to the brain, and often too late to effectively treat the symptoms.  A blood test to detect Alzheimer’s as early as possible would open a new frontier in Alzheimer’s treatment.

Read more at CBS News.

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