New test can mean early detection.
If you're worried that you might be developing early signs of Alzheimer’s, a visit to your eye doctor may help, NBC News reports.
At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, four studies have been presented suggesting that the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease might show up in the eyes and nose.
That knowledge could lead to earlier treatment, and could give people a chance to plan.
In Alzheimer’s, beta-amyloid "plaques” accumulate in the brain, and studies have suggested that these proteins also can build up in the eye.
Scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) tested 40 volunteers using a fluorescent supplement that attaches to beta-amyloid, and a new imaging system from NeuroVision Imaging, LLC.
The test detected every one of the Alzheimer’s patients, and correctly ruled out 80 percent of those who did not have it, Frost’s team told the meeting.
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