Blood Tests May Aid in Alzheimer's Diagnosis

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A plaque formation in the brain, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. By looking at the protein levels in blood samples from patients with Alzheimer's, scientists say they may be better able to diagnose the disease early on. National Institute on Aging, NIH hide caption

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A plaque formation, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.

A plaque formation in the brain, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. By looking at the protein levels in blood samples from patients with Alzheimer's, scientists say they may be better able to diagnose the disease early on.

National Institute on Aging, NIH

Researchers say a new blood test could help give doctors a jump start on diagnosing Alzheimer's in its early stages. By looking at blood samples from patients with Alzheimer's, the researchers say they may be able to identify the neurological disease much earlier in its course.

The findings were published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Guest:

Tony Wyss-Coray, associate professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

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