Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Specific Blood Protein
With the diagnosis of a serious degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, often comes a decline in a person’s ability to work to the point where an individual may need Social Security disability benefits.
In a study supported by the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s has been linked to a specific blood protein, apolipoprotein E (ApoE). This blood protein was found after giving a simple blood test that is able to show beta-amyloid protein levels in the brain.
Beta-amyloid protein is an indication of Alzheimer’s. Those who had higher levels of the blood protein ApoE were also found to have higher amounts of amyloid in the medial temporal lobe. This part of the brain plays a role in memory.
With this find, the hope is that a blood test can be developed which will help to predict who is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In addition, this may also indicate who would benefit from participating in clinical trials aimed at finding an effective treatment or prevention of the devastating disease.
This study was published in the Dec. 20, 2010 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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