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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Researchers Move Closer to Alzheimer's Blood Test

Early diagnosis might lead to lifestyle changes that slow disease progression, they say

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have moved closer to developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.
Such a test would enable doctors to diagnose patients at the earliest, most treatable stage so patients could make lifestyle changes that may slow progression of the brain disease, reported the team at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J.
"There are significant benefits to early disease detection because we now know that many of the same conditions that lead to vascular disease are also significant risk factors for Alzheimer's," lead researcher Robert Nagele said in an association news release.
The scientists focused on use of autoantibodies in the blood as biomarkers for the presence and stage of Alzheimer's disease. Autoantibodies are immune proteins that mistakenly attack the body's own cells.

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