Alzheimer's find will help personalised treatment
Changes to proteins in blood and spinal fluid could help doctors predict the fate of Alzheimer's patients, research shows.
As the severity of the disease increases, the molecules become longer, more rigid and more clustered, scientists discovered. Information about proteins was combined with cognitive assessments to provide a new way of staging the illness and rating its progression.
"Looking at multiple indicators of the disease all at once increases the reliability of the diagnosis and prognosis," said lead researcher Professor Mingjun Zhang, from Ohio State University. Tracking progression may speed up development of personalised treatments.