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New blood test could detect Alzheimer's disease


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A new test could make it much easier to detect Alzheimer's disease. Doctor Phillip Green, with the Borgess Research Institute, says that this new method of determining whether someone's at risk for Alzheimer's, or has it, is a simple blood test.

"Our previously most established biomarkers were done through spinal taps," Doctor Green told WKZO. "If you're doing serial testing, doing serial spinal taps is not something most people would embrace. They would rather just do a blood test, and I can certainly undertsand that."

Doctor Green says this new test provides a screen of ten compounds in the blood that reveal the breakdown of neural cell membranes. The test is still in its early stages of development, but Green says it looks promising. It is not yet available at Borgess. Current methods for detecting Alheimer's vary.