Predicting the future

May be a real possibility… however, you may learn something you don’t want to know. Scientists have developed a new test based on 31 genetic markers that could be used to calculate yearly onset risk for Alzheimer’s. Patients who scored in the highest 10% on the test were three times as likely to develop the disease and did so a decade before patients who scored in the lowest 10%. The test was developed using genetic data from over 70,000 patients with Alzheimer’s as well as healthy elderly people. While it is known that genetics plays a large role in the development of the disease, knowing when someone could be at risk may help identify patients for trials to learn more about it moving forward.

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