Faster, Cheaper Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer’s Probability

The field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research is booming, with new developments in diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures coming often. One of these new developments is a fast and less expensive blood test to predict the probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from Randox Laboratories shared their findings about a biochip-based blood test that tests for the probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease by detecting a protein produced by the gene variant of Alzheimer’s, ApoE4, apolipoprotein, at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry’s annual conference held July 31 through August 4, 2016.

The new blood test is one of many that the physician can order from a single biochip, making it an effective diagnostic tool. Results from Randox’s new test for the presence of ApoE4 in the blood is available within three hours and costs less than now standard molecular diagnostic test used to predict the probability of an individual developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future. Randox’s new test will also cost less than the current standard testing.

When the newly-developed biochip-based blood test was tested against the molecular diagnostic test, a study accomplished with both Randox Laboratories and researchers from the Medical University in Vienna, the two tests gave corresponding results in 384 tests completed, a 100 percent accuracy of the biochip test compared to molecular testing.

With 5 million people in the United States alone who are currently diagnosed with having Alzheimer’s disease, and the as-of-yet incurable illness developing in Americans at the rate of one person every 67 seconds, it’s little wonder that researchers in the various fields of science are aggressively studying how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s.

Early diagnosis is important so that known preventive measures can begin; learning the probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease is equally important so that individuals and their health care providers can plan and institute measures for the future.

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  1. Deb Jones

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