Blood test for Alzheimer's disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/10

Blood test for Alzheimer's disease

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –Exciting news in the study of Alzheimer's disease. Texas Tech is featured in an article in the September issue of The Archives of Neurology. Researchers at the Health Sciences Center have developed a way to diagnose the memory stealing disease through a simple blood test.

Dr. Sid O'Bryant described how they took a new approach on the disease. "What we did was took a new approach to a problem. People have been looking for blood test for Alzheimer's disease for quite some time by looking for one marker or some other marker. We decided to take a much broader approach too. We've actually looked at over 100 different markers in the past blood, and combined them together to look for a pattern that is indictive to Alzheimer's disease."

Dr. O'Bryant says he and his colleagues analyzed the proteins of nearly 200 patients with Alzheimer's to come up with the markers that allow for a diagnosis through a blood test. More study is needed, but they hope to present the Alzheimer's blood test to the FDA for approval in as little as 2 years.

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