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If a doctor diagnoses someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it is often too late. The condition has progressed too far to be treated. The scientists Dr. Philip Scheltens of the Amsterdam University Medical Center (UMC) in the Netherlands and Dr. Klaus Gerwert of the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB), Germany, are working on a blood test that will make an early diagnosis possible. Partly thanks to the support of the Alzheimer Netherlands foundation, they will now able to continue working on this project for another two years. It involves the detection of bio-marker proteins, which are typical of Alzheimer’s disease. On average, blood tests can already point to Alzheimer’s disease eight years before the clinical diagnosis.

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Author profile picture Arnoud Cornelissen has for many years been writing about science and technology in, among others, various Dutch newspapers.