Georgetown Has Developed Blood Tests to Predict Alzheimers

By: Itai Buenahora - Mar 15, 2014
References: nature & gizmodo
A research team of scientists from Georgetown University have developed disease-predicting blood tests. The test is able to predict Alzheimer's disease three years in advance, with a 96 percent accuracy.

This process works by identifying ten chemicals in the blood that initiate the disease. These chemicals are then released to the nerve cell membranes break down, and is detected in the blood plasma. This predictability allows the devolvement of new treatments that can be implemented before any symptoms arise. While there are pre-existing tests to diagnose the disease, this is the first of it's kind predicting the onset.

A group of 500 people people, all over the age of 70, were given cognitive tests over a five year period; 28 of which developed Alzheimer's. The research team continues its advancements in the test and hope to soon be able to predict the onset of the illness 10-20 years in advance. This medical advancement is groundbreaking and is sure to help fight the future of this disease.