Test for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s

Belgian researchers said certain proteins in spinal fluid can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s and can predict which patients with memory problems will develop the fatal brain-wasting disease.  Geert De Meyer of Ghent University in Belgium and colleagues wrote, “The unexpected presence of the Alzheimer’s disease signature in more than one-third of cognitively normal subjects suggests that Alzheimer’s disease pathology is active and detectable earlier than has heretofore been envisioned.”  They said measuring traces of beta amyloid and tau, two proteins associated with the plaques and tangles found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, accurately detected Alzheimer’s in 90 percent of the patients with the disease.  They detected 100 percent of the people with memory impairments who would progress to Alzheimer’s disease within five years .  Alzheimer’s proteins were found in 36 percent of people with normal brain functions.

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