New blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease with 87% accuracy
If you’ve found yourself wondering whether your recent memory loss might be a sign of Alzheimer’s, you might soon be able to assuage your fears with a simple blood test. New research has pinpointed 10 specific proteins that can predict the onset of the disease within a year, to an accuracy of 87%, in patients with mild memory loss.
This new research has taken ten years for scientists from King’s College London, and the UK-based company Proteome Sciences to develop.
The researchers took blood samples from more than 1,000 people, around half of whom had Alzheimer’s, while the others either had mild cognitive impairment or no signs of dementia. The findings revealed that of 26 proteins which have been linked with Alzheimer’s, 10 were most effective at predicting who would develop Alzheimer’s. Using those 10 proteins, researchers were able to say which of the patients with mild memory loss would develop Alzheimer’s within a year.
Of course, this new research doesn’t help those who already have Alzheimer’s – there is no cure – but the test could help calm those who are concerned that they might develop the disease, especially if they have a family history of it, and it could also help others prepare.
By diagnosing Alzheimer’s as early as possible, patients can try to address aspects of their life that may become increasingly difficult – such as at-home care and medical help, decisions about finances and so on.
Furthermore, treatments for Alzheimer’s that work to reduce or delay symptoms, work far better during the early stages of the disease. The further the disease has developed, the less effective drugs appear to be. So patients would potentially have a better chance of staving off the effects of the disease.
The test could cost between £100 and £300 and, if further research backs up the findings so far, it could be available within just two years.
There is some evidence that mercury from amalgam fillings is a significant cause of this disease. Unfortunately, as with many things where big pharma is involved, proper research is not funded and, where it is carried out on a small scale, results tend to be suppressed or ignored.
I had all my fillings replaced ten years ago, as a precaution. There is absolutely no question that significant amounts of mercury leach out from amalgam fillings and that mercury is extremely poisonous and causes all sorts of symptoms.