New Research hope for Alzheimer’s disease
New research has shown promise in a new blood test which could spot Alzheimer’s disease at the earliest stage before symptoms have begun to show. Experts have been researching in the US and Sweden and have found promising results.
Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia and accounts for up to 60-80% of the cases. It is currently affecting more than 520,000 people in the UK and this figure is set to rise. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop, and they also get worse.
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Currently, Alzheimer’s is diagnosed using a combination of memory tests and brain scans, once symptoms have already appeared. However the new blood test measures the protein, p-tau217, which can predict Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms appear. This test has been proven 96% accurate and could be used by doctors in the future.
Alzheimer’s damages the memory and other cognitive abilities by destroying connections between nerve cells in the brain. Proteins build up in the brain and cause these cells to die. Early diagnosis is important because it could offer more opportunities to treat the disease.
Dr Rosa Sancho, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK states “There’s already too much build-up of damaging proteins in their brain.” When Alzheimer’s is identified in the brain the damage is often too far along to treat.
People with a family history of Alzheimer’s who have no symptoms could be identified and enrolled on drug trials. Others may opt to be aware whether they will develop Alzheimer’s in the future.
The research findings are positive and provide hope for future research and treatment. However, Dr Amanda Heslegrave, a senior research fellow at the UK Dementia Research Institute at University College London, said the findings were great news for research, but added that “while these are exciting results, you could not say that they indicate a definitive test for potential Alzheimer’s disease is available right now”.
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