(FOX News) — A blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease may be closer to reality.
Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International conference report that an experimental blood test is about 88 percent accurate at indicating an Alzheimer’s risk.
One such test measured abnormal levels of the protein that forms plaque in the brain.
Doctors hope to one day use blood tests during routine exams to determine who might need more extensive Alzheimer’s testing.
The experimental blood tests will soon be used to select and monitor patients for federally funded studies.
Dementia afflicts nearly 50 million people worldwide, with Alzheimer’s being the most common form of the condition.
There is currently no cure.
Health experts believe a blood test diagnosis can get patients to the right treatment studies before brain damage occurs.
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