Simple Blood Test May Detect Alzheimer's But there's still no cure By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jan 6, 2011 6:20 PM CST 9 comments Comments NeuroQuantTM measures brain atrophy in neurodegenerative disorders. MRI pictures show quantified brain structures of a healthy person and a patient with Alzheimer's disease. (PRNewsFoto/CorTechs Labs, Inc.) (Newser) – Researchers say they've found another possible way to detect Alzheimer's, this time through a blood test that looks for antibodies. Though still under development, a diagnostic kit could be available within the year, reports Reuters. The catch: While scientists are getting better at detecting Alzheimer's with such discoveries, they still can't cure the disease. "It's unclear whether people would want to know a couple of years ahead of time they are going to get Alzheimer's if they can't do anything about it," says a scientist with the Scripps Research Institute. "But I can say with some certainty that we will never get a good therapy for Alzheimer's without early diagnosis." More details here on the science involved in the blood test, which could theoretically work on other diseases such as cancer.