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New blood test to show risk for Alzheimer's disease

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Researchers have found a new marker in the blood that could tell doctors whether their patients have an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. Study is published in the journal Neurology.  It looked at nearly one hundred women over age seventy. By the way, none showed any sign of dementia at the start of the study. Researchers measured levels of a certain type of fat in the blood, and then followed the women for several years. They found those with the highest levels of that specific fat in the blood were ten times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are hoping they can someday make this a simple blood test to determine if they should begin efforts to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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