Could a blood test detect Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear?

Written by Olivia Stevenson (Future Science Group)

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine (MO, USA) and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (Tübingen, Germany), have demonstrated that a simple blood test may detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) years before individuals present noticeable symptoms such as memory loss. This could potentially become a useful diagnostic tool, not only for AD, but for other neurodegenerative conditions, or for suspected brain injuries after head trauma. AD is a neurodegenerative disease that is becoming increasingly common. Although the first noticeable symptoms are often confusion and memory loss, damage to the brain caused by AD can also be detected...

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