Blood Test to Identify Alzheimer’s
While authors of a recent research project say that larger and more long-term studies are needed, a blood test has been developed that can identify people who have high levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists in Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can identify people who have high levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. If confirmed by further research, this long-sought test could help in the increasingly desperate search for therapies that halt the progression of dementia, which affects tens of millions of people worldwide.
The test identifies people whose brains have high levels of amyloid-β, a protein that is a key player in Alzheimer’s disease, and which may either cause dementia or be a symptom of it. The researchers hope that drug developers could use the test to recruit individuals with dementia into clinical trials before irreversible damage to their brains has occurred — thus making the trials more reliable.
This blood test to identify Alzheimer’s allows for early detection and will help identify people for clinical trials, with the ultimate goal to cure the disease.
Read the complete article from Nature International Journal of Science.
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