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Blood test can predict Alzheimer's: Study

Published on Mar 10, 2014 11:04 AM
 
Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90 per cent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease within three years. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN 

PARIS (AFP) - Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90-per cent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease within three years.

The test looks for 10 signatures of fatty proteins called lipids, according to a study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

It could help families of people developing the cognitive disorder make early decisions on how best to care for them and may also aid the search for treatment, the authors said.

Several years of clinical trials are likely to be needed to assess the prototype technique, the first blood "biomarker" to predict the tragic degenerative disease.

 
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