Early onset of Alzheimer’s disease seen through blood test
by Allan Dizon in Diseases on Jan 12, 2011
There are several tests that are being tested and studied on to determine early symptoms and causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how to treat it. Today, scientists are brainstorming in developing a quick and simple blood test in order to detect early on the Alzheimer’s disease. This new development is also hoped to be the precursor of developing new drugs, which could be the means to stop the dreaded disease.
The scientists at Scripps Research Institute say that this new test could also be modified, in order to detect illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, and maybe cancer also.
It is known that some forms of dementia, just like Alzheimer’s has already affected a lot of people worldwide. According to experts who have been studying these kinds of diseases, there is still no cure for those diseases, nor do existing drugs that could help treat such diseases.
Moreover, experts believe that this new test may open the doors to the treatment they have been working on for years. The team from Scripps has fabricated a thousand of antibodies in the immune systems of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. The blood samples then were ran over the manmade molecules, and it has produced strong reactions. Further samples showed that the test being studied was 93 percent accurate.
Thomas Kodadek, the co-author of the study said, “We should be able to see disease perhaps three to five years prior to symptoms.” He further added that the team should study on more number of patients to really prove that the test can be applied wholly.