Could A Simple Blood Test Help Identify Alzheimer’s Sufferers Before They Display Symptoms
From the NY Times, one of the more promising medical studies relating to Alzheimer’s in a long time.
A newly developed blood test for Alzheimer’s has diagnosed the disease as accurately as methods that are far more expensive or invasive, scientists reported on Tuesday, a significant step toward a longtime goal for patients, doctors and dementia researchers. The test has the potential to make diagnosis simpler, more affordable and widely available.
What does this mean? As with most diseases, early diagnosis can lead to early intervention. People whose blood tests come back positive for Alzheimer’s can begin moderate treatments & memory care activities at a stage where cognitive decline has not yet begun and those efforts are more effective. This isn’t a cure for the disease, but it may be welcome news for the millions of baby boomers who fear it’s effects.
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