Alzheimer’s: A Blood Test Could Detect The Disease 20 Years Before Symptoms
Published on August 1, 2019, in the journal Neurology, the results allow scientists to consider a new screening for Alzheimer’s disease. Such a test could become available within a few years, but its benefits will be much greater once treatments to stop the disease process and prevent dementia have been developed.
Research on Alzheimer’s disease is progressing
“At the moment, we are conducting clinical trials using brain scans, which is very time consuming and expensive,” said Randall J. Bateman, Professor of Neurology and lead author of the study. “But with a blood test, we could potentially screen thousands of people per month. This means that we can recruit clinical trial participants more effectively, which will help us find treatments more quickly and could have a huge impact on the cost of the disease and the human suffering that accompanies it. open next page to see More