Blood tests may be able to predict the pace of Alzheimer’s disease progression, according to a new study.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University reported they may be able to predict how quickly patients with Alzheimer’s will lose cognitive function by looking at levels of certain fats in the blood.The finding could provide useful information to families and caregivers and may also suggest treatment targets for the neurodegenerative disorder.
Past research has shown that cognitive function declines at different rates in Alzheimer’s patients. One-third of patients do not decline at all in five years time, another third decline at a moderate rate, and the remaining patients decline relatively quickly.
For the current study, researchers analyzed data from 120 probable Alzheimer’s patients at the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. They measured a variety of fats in the patients' blood and conducted multiple cognitive assessments over a period of two years.
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