Scientists Announce Possible Predictive Test For Alzheimers

07.06.10 | FL News Team

(London)  --  Researchers have discovered high levels of a specific blood protein are linked to development of Alzheimer's disease.  Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in London say the discovery could eventually lead to a test to identify future Alzheimer's sufferers.

Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain, affecting about 35-million people worldwide.  Despite massive research efforts, there are few weapons available to fight it.  There are drugs available that can relieve some symptoms for awhile but eventually all sufferers lose their memories and can't care for themselves.  

The researchers say they found levels of the protein known as clusterin increased in blood as much as ten years before sufferers developed the first signs of Alzheimer's.  The scientists say in their report published in the "Archives of General Psychiatry" there's still a lot of work to be done and it could be five years before the discovery becomes an actual Alzheimer's test.