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Blood test may predict progression to Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4506
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
  1. 1London

A blood test for 10 protein biomarkers in people with mild cognitive impairment can predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease over the following year with a high degree of accuracy, a new study has claimed.1

Abdul Hye, lead author and a researcher at King’s College, London, said, “There are thousands of proteins in the blood, and this study is the culmination of many years’ work identifying which ones are clinically relevant. We now have a set of 10 proteins that can predict whether someone with early symptoms of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment, will develop Alzheimer’s disease within a year, with a high level of accuracy.”2

The secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, released a statement saying, “This is welcome research on …

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