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Alzheimer’s can be predicted three years in advance with new blood test

11
Mar
2014

All it takes to predict an individuals likelihood of developing Alzheimers disease within the next two to three years is a blood test, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Medicine. At the end of this period, 28 of the study participants had developed Alzheimers disease or the cognitive impairments that tend to precede it, so the researchers went back and analyzed the participants blood to figure out what set these adults apart. As it turns out, the secret to detecting Alzheimers disease resides in our fats. The study revealed that people who go on to develop Alzheimers disease have lower levels of 10 specific lipids in their blood compared with people who stay cognitively healthy.

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