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Blood test hope for Alzheimer's

30th October 2006

09082006_alzheimers1.jpgNew research has paved the way for a new blood test which could pick up signs of Alzheimer's disease before people start to show symptoms.

A study from the Institute of Psychiatry, published in the scientific journal Brain, found levels of two types of protein in the blood were only present if people had the condition, paving the way for a routine blood test.

Funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, the team looked at the protein levels in the blood of 500 people with Alzheimer's and compared them with healthy older people. They found that those with Alzheimer's had greater levels of certain proteins in their blood than healthy people.

Dementia affects around 750,000 people in the UK, but is difficult to diagnose. Experts say the earlier the condition can be diagnosed, the earlier treatments could begin to halt its development.

Professor Simon Lovestone, who led the study, said, while their findings were definitely good news, further research was needed to confirm their conclusions.

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