New Test May Predict Alzheimer's Early

German researchers have discovered a marker that can predict which people with memory problems will go on to develop Alzheimer's Disease.

In the study, more than 50 adults with slight memory problems underwent a spinal tap to give researchers a fluid sample. Researchers then analyzed the sample and found those with the highest levels of a specific protein were more likely to develop Alzheimer's.

When researchers combined that information with the patient's age and levels of another protein in the brain, they found the results were 80 percent accurate.

Experts say knowing who will develop the memory-robbing disease will help them start treatment earlier.


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  • by Ratman Location: Goldsboro on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    Um, what was the question?
  • by Homer Simpson Location: Springfield on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    I am so glad of this as I have noticed a lot of posters on this board, that cannot remember when things happened or who did what. Like when the president Obama signed the drilling moritorium and gas prices shooting up to $4 a gallon. Didn't Obama learn from it happening to Bush after Katrina? Nope, couldn't remember a thing. I thought is was just that koolaid democrats drink all the time. Also like unemployment will go over 8% if they don't pass the stimuporkus bill for 800 billion...unemployment is still 9.8% I am glad they can test for Alzheimers now so these posters here will know they do forget things.
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