The Realities of Diagnostic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

For a long time the only way to receive an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis was to examine the brain in an autopsy. With the onset of brain scans and spinal taps that are capable of detecting the telltale protein, beta amyloid, this is quickly changing. Scientific researchers are also experimenting with brain scans in search of another protein, called tau, which is also characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

Diagnostic testing from the results of a blood test is already here and with it brings a whole host of other concerns that not everyone is prepared to take on.

Read more about early diagnostic testing for Alzheimer’s disease:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/opinion/letters/alzheimers-disease.html

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