New Blood Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's Before Patients Show Symptoms

International Business Times 

Researchers from across the country who collaborated on Alzheimer's Disease work may have found a way to detect the disease with a blood test before patients even exhibit symptoms. Alzheimer's is an incurable degenerative disease that impacts the brain causing confusion, memory loss and eventually leads to the loss of thinking skills that are key to simple task completion, according to the National Institute on Aging. Estimates put the Alzheimer's population in the United States around 5 million and suggest that the population will grow. The test actually does more than detect Alzheimer's, it can also distinguish between Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and regular control samples. This distinguishability is important because it means the test is sensitive to more than neurodegeneration which can be present with aging and other neurodegenerative diseases that might develop.

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