New blood test may help detect early Alzheimer's disease

By WEEK Producer

New blood test may help detect early Alzheimer's disease

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM CDT

A major step in Alzheimer’s research could be ready in two years time and help develop treatments.

Scientists at King's College London say they've developed a blood test to help predict if signs of early memory loss will become Alzheimer’s within a year.

The blood test targets proteins that are commonly associated with brain shrinkage.

Doctors say testing people for Alzheimer’s earlier will also help scientists learn how to treat the disease.

"What we are proposing here is trying to find out the people that are and will get Alzheimer's disease in the near future and we can capture them a lot earlier and give them treatments a lot earlier," said Dr. Abdul Hye of the Cleveland Clinic.

The next step for scientists is improving the test's accuracy which currently stands at 87 percent.

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