The Importance of Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s: UF Neuroscientists Explain the Recent Findings (The Conversation)

The Importance of Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s: UF Neuroscientists Explain the Recent Findings

University of Florida neuroscientists Steven DeKosky, MD, and Todd Golde, MD, Ph.D., announced new findings on a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on July 29, 2020. The test showed extremely high accuracy – around 90% – for detecting chemicals in the blood that are specific for Alzheimer’s.

Those who treat patients with Alzheimer’s say that the tests need only a bit higher level of accuracy before they can be used clinically, which could be in two to three years. This breakthrough could perhaps allow doctors to not only identify symptomatic patients with the disease, but also to identify people with no symptoms who are at risk of developing the disease, and thus begin interventions.

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