Arizona Researchers Develop Blood Test to Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Arizona Researchers Develop Blood Test to Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease leaves traces in the white blood cells of its patients that could be used to diagnose the disease. So says a study by researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) who used a blood test to correctly distinguish between patients with early Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and healthy people. More importantly, the method identified people with a family history of Alzheimer’s who are likely to get the disease later in life. The study, “Multivariate analyses of peripheral blood leukocyte transcripts distinguish Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, control, and those at risk for developing Alzheimer's,” appeared in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. Unlike other studies that have tried to develop Alzheimer’s diagnostic tools, these findings are considered solid. Researchers at ASU's Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center repeated their tests in different patient groups, and even varied the technology involved in an effort to validate their findings. “What we’ve done in our paper is to replicate our own work multiple times with different populations and even using different technologies,” Dr. Paul Coleman, the study's leader, said in a press release. “We also presented data showing the ability to detect people at risk of a future diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease.” This is a particularly alluring part of the findings. Current
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  1. I am in the early stages of the disease. A family member suggested to stop using aluminum cookware. I have been searching around as to that being a cause of Alzheimers. Thanks for your website.

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