Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Alzheimer's identifier?

Alzheimer's predicted by spinal-fluid test

Alzheimer's disease can be accurately predicted by analyzing biomarkers in spinal fluid, researchers in Belgium have found.
A protein signature was found in the cerebrospinal fluid of 90 per cent of people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and 72 per cent of people with mild cognitive impairment or MCI, a disorder that often progresses to Alzheimer's.

Still, I wonder, how many of us want to be tested? 
How many in the early stages of the disease will do anything?
What can be done in any case, to ameliorate the progress?
Those of us, adult children who end up caring for adults with dementia, are fighting with parents to recognize their frailties, and to seek help. 

1 comment:

Lorac said...

I was thinking the same thing Jenn. Not sure I would want to know in advance.