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Blood test detects Alzheimer’s up to 16 years before patient shows memory loss

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Posted at 8:58 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 22:12:24-05

Scientists believe they found a way to predict Alzheimer’s disease 16 years before a patient is diagnosed.

Participants in a study were monitored through regular brain scans and thinking tests, scientists simultaneously collected blood samples for analysis. The analyst can detect signs through a simple indicator found in samples. They also found a rapid shrinking of the area of the brain linked to memory performance.

“A lot of new amazing things going on, but even early detection without a cure or treatment...It still needs a lot of research, a lot of studies, a lot of funding, and then going back and researching again,” said Stephenie Evans, an advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Her great-grandmother was diagnosed with the illness.

“For those of us who are the voice for our loved ones, it’s very good to know that we’re being heard and we’re not just being heard, people are doing things. You’re hard pressed to find somebody these days who’s lives haven’t been touched in some way by the disease,” Evans said.

This is just one of a growing number of studies aiming to unlock the key to a cure. 

According to Texas Health and Human Services, about 380,000 people age 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease in the state of Texas.

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