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'Quick and easy' early test to detect Alzheimer's

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Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a ‘quick and easy' test to detect Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages, to be carried out in GP practices.

It works by looking for a combination of markers in the blood, which differ between healthy people and those with Alzheimer's.

The test uses proteins linked with Alzheimer's disease. But through analysis of blood from people with the disease, and those with early-stage memory problems, researchers detected some other markers that were suggestive of the disease.

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