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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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