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Blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease, say US scientists

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2074 (Published 11 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2074
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Scientists have developed a blood test that uses 10 markers that they say could be used to predict with 90% accuracy whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.

The research, published as a letter in Nature Medicine, shows how there are differences in 10 blood phospholipids between people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s (before the symptoms appear) and people who will not go on to develop the condition.1 The phospholipids may represent early degenerative …

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