WASHINGTON D.C.– Recent studies have found that Alzheimer’s may be the nation’s third-most deadly killer. Doctors estimate as many as 5 million people suffer from the disease, which is more than experts thought originally. They also predict this number will rise over the next decade because people are living longer.
Right now there is not a cure, but researchers hope to detect the illness sooner. A team from Georgetown Medical Center is developing a blood test that may be able to predict, with 90 percent accuracy, whether someone will develop the disease within three years. Early detection could also mean the ability to design new treatments.
Dr. Howard Federoff says, “The test enables the identification of high risk people, you could then do the research to ask do we now have a new therapy that could arise and delay symptom onset”.
The test could be ready for use in clinical trials in the next three years. The study was published in this Month’s edition of Nature Medicine. For more information you can click on the link.