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Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's

Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problems

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"Will those disease-modifying therapies show promise if you use them in patients at risk for the disease, before the horse is out of the barn, when they are clinically unaffected?" Federoff asked. "Can you delay or perhaps even completely stop the progression to manifestation? I think this opens up a whole new horizon for this type of clinical research."

Carrillo, of the Alzheimer's Association, noted, and Federoff agreed, that further research into the lipids is needed.

"The results, while intriguing, are preliminary," Carrillo said. "They require replication and validation by other scientists in larger and more diverse populations to give them credibility, before further development for clinical use is warranted."

The study results were published March 9 in the journal Nature Medicine.

The study only showed an association between lower levels of the 10 body fats and an increased risk for dementia. It did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

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