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US-Swedish blood test detects Alzheimer’s

Published måndag 15 oktober 2007 kl 11.44
A brain scan of an Alzheimer's patient

A simple blood test could detect the wasting disease Alzheimer’s early, this is the preliminary finding of a joint US Swedish study at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gotheburg University.

The blood test measures proteins that can develop into Alzheimer’s many years before the disease develops fully.

The Gothenburg research is a joint project with researchers in Malmö and Stanford University in the United States, the results of which have been published in the medical journal ”Nature”.

The new blood test can detect Alzheimer’s between two and six years earlier than is currently the case, and trials have shown the test to be effective in nine out of ten cases.

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