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Coming soon: A test to detect Alzheimer's 10 yrs earlier!

world Updated: Jul 06, 2010 17:02 IST

Coming soon: A simple blood test which could predict Alzheimer's disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear, say scientists.

Yes, a British team is developing such a test after the scientists discovered that high levels of a protein can be an early sign of the condition, which they claim would allow much earlier prescription of treatments.

In fact, the scientists at King's College London, started working on the test after they found that very high levels of blood protein clusterin increase years before the first symptoms of Alzheimer's, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The protein may be linked with more rapid and severe memory loss, they say. The more clusterin there is, the more the brain shrinks and the more forgetful someone becomes.

Lead scientist Dr Madhav Thambisetty said: "A primary goal in Alzheimer's research is to develop an inexpensive, easily administered test to accurately detect and track the progression of this devastating disease.

"Identifying clusterin as a blood biomarker that may be relevant to both the pathology and symptoms of the disease may bring us closer to this goal."