A simple clinical test could make it easier to track and treat Alzheimers
A urine sample taken at the doctors office can be the step in determining your chances of developing Alzheimers disease (AD), according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. They have determined that a urine test can reliably detect free radical damage associated with people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) – a recognized precursor to AD. The test detects isoprostanes, fatty acids that are formed as the result of free radical damage in the brain – damage that correlates with clinical diagnosis of AD.
"This is the first noninvasive test that can predict a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimers disease," said Domenico Praticò, MD, assistant professor in Penns Department of Pharmacology. "Since there is no cure for Alzheimers disease, physicians could slow the course of the disease if it is caught early enough."
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