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Alzheimer's disease genetic link discovered

Alzheimer's disease genetic link discovered
17th August 2009

Changes in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid which can help detect Alzheimer's disease and dementia have been identified by researchers in Sweden, with a multi-centre study now looking into further identifiers.

Commenting on the breakthrough, lead author Niklas Mattsson of the doctoral student Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University said: "These methods make it easier to identify the disease, which is essential for making a correct diagnosis early on."

He explained that biomarkers could be useful in the researching and development of new medicines, though was reserved when commenting on when these may become available.

Dr Mattsson added: "I'm reluctant to speculate but there is a lot of exciting research under way and new medicines are under development."

Earlier this month, the University Hospital of Madrid in Spain discovered that those sleeping in late on a morning could be doubling their chances of getting Alzheimer's disease in later life.

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