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Sunday, October 14, 2007

New Blood Test Can Determine Alzheimer's

An article in The New York Times today titled "Progress Cited in Alzheimer's Diagnosis" by Andrew Pollack says there is a new blood test that is 90% accurate in determining Alzheimer's. It was also 80% accurate in determining which patients with mild cognitive memory issues would develop Alzheimer's in two to six years. The study took place mainly at Standford University, California.

The article explained that currently diagnosing Alzheimer's is based on mental and other tests, and on the physician's judgement.

The test will not be available for doctors to use for several years. The preliminary results will need to be validated and the tests approved.

If there is a test available to help predict the risk of Alzheimer's it will help people to plan ahead and be prepared.

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