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Blood test can detect Alzheimer's years before symptoms

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Bllod test can detect Alzheimer's years before onsetResearchers in Germany have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's that detects the disease several years before symptoms, including memory loss.

Ruhr University researchers hope the discovery leads to the development of new drugs by picking up pathological amyloid-beta in very early phases of the disease, which is incurable. Their findings were published Friday in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

"The use of the immuno‐infrared‐sensor as an initial screening funnel to identify people who should undergo further diagnostics and eventually take part in clinical trials on therapeutics targeting Aβ misfolding might already be an important step forward because subjects with early Alzheimer stages are hard to identify," the researchers wrote in the study. "To our knowledge, there is today no other plasma test available, which has been tested both in an Alzheimer's research cohort and in the general population."

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