Researchers at the University of Nottingham are developing a quick and easy blood test to detect proteins linked strongly with Alzheimer’s Disease, such as amyloid and APOE, in combination with other markers linked to inflammation. The test has not been fully validated yet, and could be some years away from everyday practical usage.
Kevin Morgan, University of Nottingham, has this long-term vision:
“The way we see it working is you can test people and it will tell them if they have the all-clear, or if they are medium- or high-risk. If they are medium-risk, they can be monitored closely and high-risk patients can be referred to a specialist for more in-depth testing.”
Dr Eric Karran, Alzheimer’s Research UK, commented:
“Used alongside other diagnostic techniques, a blood test like this could be a real help”.
Alzheimer’s blood test could give early diagnosis. London: BBC Health News, March 11th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].