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Blood Test Helps Predict Alzheimer's Disease Risk

by Sheela Philomena on May 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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 Blood Test Helps Predict Alzheimer's Disease Risk

New blood test developed by scientists in Australia could lead to routine screening for Alzheimer's disease.

They have identified blood-based signs of plaque in the brain that could alert doctors to the disease long before symptoms appear and irreversible brain damage has occurred, News.com.au reported.

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"Early detection is critical. It gives people a much better chance of receiving treatment before it's too late," researcher Dr Samantha Burnham from CSIRO's Preventative Health Flagship said.

Dr Burnham hopes the breakthrough will lead to routine age-based testing in five to 10 years.

Early diagnosis would also allow people to develop a care plan to reduce the burden on the patient and their family, she said.

She said that a blood test would be the ideal first stage to help identify people at risk before a diagnosis is confirmed with cognitive tests and brain scans.

The research has been published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Source: ANI
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