New Study Focuses on Predicting Alzheimers Disease
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests changes in the body may be able to predict Alzheimers in the future.
The study focused on patients with genetic predispositions to Alzheimers and measured biomarkers of the disease. Dr. Martin Farlow, Professor of Neurology at the IU School of Medicine, says the studies found abnormalities in the patients before showing any signs of the disease. "The abnormalities that are there are potentially approachable with drug therapy at a stage where they're most likely going to be curable or you're going to be able to stop the disease process."
Dr. Farlow says it's too early to say that these abnormalities can predict with 100-percent certainty that a patient will have Alzheimers. He says more studies on those same patients in the future will need to be done to help determine that. He adds the exciting part of this study is the potential to identify people very early who are at high risk for Alzheimers and the possibility of doing drug trials to try and stop the disease process before it even starts.