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Blood test to detect Alzheimer's?

Blood test to detect Alzheimer's?
7th January 2011

A new technique for detecting Alzheimer's which involves markers in the blood could revolutionise diagnosis of the condition.

Scientists from Scripps Research Institute used synthetic peptoids to identify antibodies in the blood that increase when an individual has a certain disease.

Three of the compounds tested were found to be successful in the detection of Alzheimer's disease.

However, research is at a very early stage and needs to be reproduced on a larger scale to see whether it could prove a practical test in the future.

Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said that the new technique holds promise.

"Early diagnosis is very important and a simple non-invasive blood test for Alzheimer's disease would be invaluable," she continued.

Meanwhile, researchers from Newcastle University have found that regular consumption of green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

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