Simple blood test reveals high levels of amyloid-beta in Alzheimer's patients. Image: Pixabay
New diagnostic assay for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

Japanese and Australian scientists have developed a simple and cheap diagnostic assay to measure proteins in the blood that are known to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease. These proteins are normally found in the brain, and it has been an outstanding question for a long time whether their presence in the blood could reflect their presence in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. With this assay it becomes possible to diagnose patients in early stages of the disease so that they can be enrolled in clinical trials before their brains are affected.

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Scientific publication: nature