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Dementia

04 August 2011

New Alzheimer's blood test promising

A blood test that screens for certain markers in the blood called "autoantibodies" is showing promise in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, researchers report.

A blood test that screens for certain markers in the blood called "autoantibodies" is showing promise in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, researchers report.

The researchers who developed the test have not yet determined how early in the course of the disease the test works, such as whether the test would be able to detect people with the earliest signs of the disease or even before symptoms appeared, said Dr Aron Buchman, a neurologist in the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago who was not involved with the research. He pointed out that the patients tested had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

 

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