Mar 10, 2014
By Jane Brown
There’s been an important discovery about Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s a new blood test that researchers say can predict with 90 per cent certainty whether an older person will suffer from dementia within the next few years. The test relies on levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream to estimate the chances of either mild cognitive impairment — which involves memory loss and a decline in thinking ability — or the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease. Study author Dr. Howard Federoff says low levels of these 10 blood fats can predict impending dementia symptoms with remarkable accuracy. “This is a really wonderful piece of science. It’s the most significant observation that we’ve been able to report, in my entire scientific career.”
Doctor Federoff is the dean of the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D-C. Read more about the research here.
(ABC News/New Scientist Health)