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Alzheimer's Can Be Detected and Monitored with Blood Tests
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:55 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326

From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: Wall Street Journal) - A new study offers hope that Alzheimer's disease may soon be diagnosed and monitored more accurately using a simple blood test.

Proteome Sciences and Merck announced that they successfully completed a 1,000 patient validation study into developing blood biomarkers for the degenerative condition.

Proteome believes a blood test can now be developed to diagnose and monitor Alzheimer's patients which will be quicker and less painful than the current method, which is done either through a painful spinal lumber puncture or an expensive brain scan using specialist equipment.

The study focused on three biomarker panels in blood, each containing between 11 and 16 proteins, which can discriminate between someone who doesn't have Alzheimer's, someone who is in the initial stage called mild cognitive impairment, and somebody with full-blown Alzheimer's.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:22 PM
Joined: 1/3/2012
Posts: 189

Seams that low cost tests and drugs are harder the aprove by the FDA then higher cost ones.  Would be cheaper then a bio-marker and a pet scan.