2007-10-14 Simple blood test could predict Alzheimer's risk


(Reuters) - Researchers have developed a simple blood test that may be able to predict whether mild lapses of memory could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.

In a study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine, an international team of researchers describe 18 cell-signaling, or communication, proteins found in blood that predicted with 90 percent accuracy whether a person would develop Alzheimer's disease.(Read entire article)

2007-10-15 New Blood Test May Identify Alzheimer's Disease


Researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a blood test that could help to identify patients with Alzheimer's disease.

According to a paper published in the online edition of the British journal Nature Medicine, preliminary studies by a team of scientists led by a Stanford neurology professor show the test is yielding promising results in predicting which patients with mild memory loss are at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

In one experiment the test was positive for Alzheimer's disease in 38 out of 42 patients who had been independently diagnosed as having the disease. (Read entire article)