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Alzheimer's test a step closer

8th July 2014

Progression has been made in developing a test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

oldwomanthinking1Of all the trials between 2002 and 2012, 99.6% aimed at preventing or reversing the disease did not work.

Experts believe this is due to treating the patients when it is too late. This is because the disease can exist for up to a decade before the symptoms arrive.

Therefore this recent research into developing an earlier test to diagnose the disease is a priority.


UK scientists have researched more than 1,000 people and identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of dementia with 87% accuracy.

Published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, this information will improve future research into finding a cure for the drug.

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, described the study as a "technical tour de force".

He argued that this was a step towards making Alzheimer's a preventable disease.

However, he warned the current accuracy levels risked telling healthy people they were on course to develop Alzheimer's which may lead to anxiety and depression.


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