Spotting Alzheimer’s early

  • December 22, 2010 | Louis

    If I get Alzheimer’s disease years from now, doctors may be able to spot it with a new test before it gets too bad.

    Healthy volunteers in their seventies and eighties had spinal fluid removed to check for levels of a protein and brain scans to calculate brain shrinkage. These early signs of Alzheimer’s were found in more than a third of volunteers, even though they showed no other disease symptoms,┬ásuch as┬ámemory loss.

    Detecting Alzheimer’s early could make future treatments more effective.

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Scientists are now developing another test that only uses a brain scan.

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