Blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

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Blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

A blood test can accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to US researchers. They showed that testing levels of 10 fats in the blood could predict – with 90% accuracy – the risk of the disease coming on in the next three years.

Their findings, published in Nature Medicine, will now be tested in larger clinical trials. Experts said the results needed to be confirmed, but such a test would be “a real step forward”. Doctors think drug trials are failing because patients are simply being treated too late to make a difference. This is why discovering a test that predicts the risk of dementia is a major priority for the field.

The research was commissioned by Shelter and British Gas as part of their partnership to improve the conditions of privately rented homes.

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