Research Makes Dementia Prediction Breakthrough

Blood Proteins Could Hold Key To Accurately Identifying Onset Of Condition

09.07.2014

Scientists have revealed that a set of proteins could hold the key to being able to predict the potential onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In findings published in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia journal, it has been revealed that particularly proteins can be used to predict whether someone is set to suffer from the illness with an accuracy of around 87 per cent.

The research, carried out by both university and industry scientists, analysed differences in the blood of health people, those with mild cognitive impairment and others with Alzheimer’s disease.

Through such work, they could identify which of those with mild cognitive impairment would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The BBC reports that such findings could be used to aid the development of further drugs for the treatment of the condition.