Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer's

Breakthrough diagnosis could aid treatment
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2007 3:24 AM CDT
Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's patient Dorothy Eckert, left, hugs her daughter Louise Eckert at their home in Norristown Pa., Thursday, April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A new blood test not only diagnoses Alzheimer's, but it can predict with 91% accuracy who will suffer from the disease in the future, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The test, developed by San Francisco company Satoris, identifies the disease by detecting unusual activity in 18 proteins associated with the illness.

Alzheimer's, which afflicts 4.5 million Americans, is notoriously difficult to diagnose.  Because serious damage to the brain usually occurs before the illness is identified, "we need to be able to predict who's going to get this disease," said one expert. (Read more diagnosis stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.