Blood test identifies impending Alzheimer’s disease

30 March 2014Health

Melissa Healy, reporting for the Los Angeles Times:

For the first time, a test that detects 10 types of lipids, or fats, circulating in a person’s blood has been shown to predict accurately whether he or she will develop the memory loss and mental decline of Alzheimer’s disease over the next two to three years. A screening test based on the findings could be available in as little as two years, said the researchers who identified the blood biomarkers.

As there are currently no effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, I’m not sure that I’d want to know I was about to develop it. Hopefully this discovery leads to new treatments that are one day more effective.