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Scientists closer to blood test for Alzheimer's

Published on Jul 8, 2014 9:17 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A British study has identified blood proteins that appear in patients subsequently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, raising hopes of a test that could help the search for a cure.

There is currently no cure for the brain-wasting disease, the most common form of dementia, which Alzheimer's Disease International estimates affects 44 million people worldwide, a figure set to triple by 2050.

A test to diagnose the disease early on would allow researchers to monitor patients before they develop advanced symptoms, potentially helping the search for a cure.

The study published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia monitored 220 patients with mild cognitive impairment.

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