Oct
15
2007

Health news: Alzheimer’s early warning

A slice of a brain infected with Alzheimer's: The disease shrinks brain tissue and leads to severe memory loss. Photo by AJC1 at Flickr.com
A slice of a brain infected with Alzheimer's: The disease shrinks brain tissue and leads to severe memory loss. Photo by AJC1 at Flickr.com

Researchers at Stanford have developed a blood test which, in early trials, has been 90% accurate in identifying patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The test is also 80% accurate in predicting who will get Alzheimer’s in the next 2 to 6 years.

The article notes:

At present, treatments for Alzheimer's disease are not very effective, so some people might not want early notification that they have an incurable ailment. But other people might want it.

What do you think? If you had an incurable disease that would not start to manifest itself for several years, would you want to know?

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