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Tuesday, October 16th 2007

Alzheimer's Test

May Alzheimer’s no longer be a clinical or post-mortem diagnosis? Looks like a blood test from researchers at Stanford might have a pretty good sensitivity for identifying those with cognitive impairment who will progress to Alzheimer’s.

Though premature, the test’s potential is garnering huge attention. In one experiment using stored blood samples, it proved positive for the disease in 38 out of 42 patients who had already been independently diagnosed.