Scientists develop blood test to detect dementia

Scientists have developed a new blood test that could detect whether a person will develop dementia within three years.

By looking at 10 specific blood molecules, researchers from America's Georgetown University were able to test whether people would go on to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's Disease - with 90% accuracy.

ITV News spoke to Dr Alison Cook from the Alzheimer's Society:

The study monitored 525 healthy over-70s for five years. During the research, 28 participants went on to develop the conditions. 46 were diagnosed at the start of the study.

Read: Scientists hail breakthrough in 'Alzheimer's blood test'

Advertisement

Scientists hail breakthrough in 'Alzheimer's blood test'

Scientists have developed a new blood test which could detect if a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease over the next three years. Changes in the blood may signify the early stages of the disease, researchers said in Nature Medicine.