Progress Is Seen On A Blood Test For Alzheimer's

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 --- 7:20 a.m.

PARIS (AP) -- Government scientists in Australia are reporting progress on developing a blood test to screen people for Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.

In tests on more than 1,000 people, an experimental test did a good job of indicating how much of the telltale Alzheimer's plaque lurks in the brain.

If the test proves accurate in larger studies, it could offer a way to check people having memory problems to see who needs more definitive testing for the disease.

The results were reported Wednesday at an Alzheimer's conference in France.

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