Blood tests to track Alzheimer's progression?

Posted on 05 October 2011

Blood tests could be key in tracking the pace of Alzheimer's disease progression, new research shows, potentially improving the lives of those with the condition paying for care.

A Johns Hopkins-led research team found that levels of certain fats in blood could predict the rate of cognitive decline.

Measuring these fatty compounds could predict how quickly Alzheimer's patients will lose cognitive function, providing useful information to family and caregivers.

It could also suggest further treatments for the neurodegenerative condition.

Michelle Mielke, author of an article about the work published in the journal of Alzheimer's disease, commented: "We're confident there’s a relationship between these lipids and AD progression, but this work is not yet ready to be used clinically."

In other Alzheimer's research, a study published in journal Molecular Psychiatry revealed that the brain damage seen in the condition may form in a similar way to that of infection prion diseases such as mad cow disease.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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