Biomarkers May Predict Alzheimer's

If these tests are standardized, it could be a biomarker that identifies the disease, Carrillo said. "If over the next two or three years we also have a therapy, then we need to examine how that therapy works in an incipient form of Alzheimer's, not once those memories have already started fading," she said.

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For more information on Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association.

SOURCES: Niklas Mattsson, M.D., Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Clinical Neurochemistry Laboratory, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Molndal, Sweden; Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., director, medical and scientific relations, Alzheimer's Association; Samuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Mount Sinai Professor in Alzheimer's Disease Research, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; July 22/29, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association

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