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New saliva test may catch Alzheimer's disease early

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posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 08:44 AM

"As the field has continued to mature over the last decade or so, we now have research and evidence that suggests that the underlying biology of Alzheimer's disease is changing a decade or more before someone experiences the memory or function changes associated with Alzheimer's," said Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations at the Alzheimer's Association.

This test examines saliva samples and looks at changes in saliva as the potential way to detect changes in Alzheimer's, Snyder said.

"Salivary metabolomics analyses will advance the cause of early detection of Alzheimer's disease ... and promote our understanding of the mechanisms from normal aging to Alzheimer's," said Shraddha Sapkota, a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Alberta in Canada who presented the study.

While there's no test that conclusively determines whether someone will get Alzheimer's, the saliva test once validated would be a good screening tool, indicating a patient's need for further, more invasive testing. It's especially exciting for Sherzai since it could be used in clinic, or even community, settings.

"This is important because the earlier you detect this disease," said Sherzai, "the more we can have an effect on the outcome."

The progressive brain disorder is the sixth leading cause of death in America and affects nearly 5 million Americans.

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 08:46 AM
This is interesting. I heard last week that you can see signs of neurodegeneration in alzheimer's forming 2-3 decades before it becomes clinical. I think some focus should go into preventative maintenance, and this tech could help us experiment with that.

S + F

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 12:33 PM
a reply to: fshrrex

You don't need a saliva test for it if you can prevent it.

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edit on 21-7-2015 by gmoneystunt because: (no reason given)

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