New type of test may detect Alzheimer’s before it appears

If there is a single disease that is bringing a lot of fear into the minds of people in their middle age it would have to be Alzheimer’s. Even more so that cancer the idea of anyone becoming a victim of Alzheimer’s is something that sits in the back of your mind as you age and pray that it won’t touch your life, or the life of anyone you love.

With cancer your odds of being cured, or at least fighting it back into remission, is becoming better and better; but with Alzheimer’s there is no cure and once you find out you are showing signs of it you know that your future will become dimmer and your past harder to remember.

So any news from the world of science in regards to finding ways to fight this disease is always welcome and such is the case with the news from researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy that they may have found a new way to be able to detect whether a person has Alzheimer’s before any of its symptoms appear.

They do this by analyzing the cerebrospinal fluid for certain biomarkers that provide a more reliable diagnosis, and possibly in the future the possibility of new treatments.

Led by Kaj Blennow, one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s experts, researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy have developed a way of measuring these proteins and protein fragments in the CSF so that they can be used as biomarkers — substances that reflect biological processes in the body and allow more reliable diagnoses in people with cognitive disorders.

“We found that levels of these proteins change in the CSF even with early symptoms, and we will probably be able to detect changes in the brain at a very early stage of the disease,” says doctoral student Niklas Mattsson, whose thesis builds on the results

via Daily Science

We can only hope that we will see some breakthroughs.