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Four Staters React To A New Blood Test May Predict Early Alzheimer's Disease

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As news spreads of a blood test that can detect Alzheimer's disease in patients three-years before symptoms occur -- more families are asking where and how they can be tested. The study was published in the March issue of "Nature Medicine," and ever since Four State doctor's offices say they have been getting a lot of calls asking for more information. 
"Like the lord says, take no thought for tomorrow, let the day's cares be sufficient, so…one day at a time. One day at a time," said Ron Jones, a husband whose wife is living with Alzheimer's Disease.  

Jones' wife ShiShirleys diagnosed with the disease about a year and a half ago. He says there have been some tough moments, like wandering away during a family trip to Silver Dollar City.
  
"It's kind of like a car without a driver," Jones said.
 
So when he heard Scientists have developed a new blood test that they claim can detect whether a person will develop dementia within three years of symptoms, he asked if he could sign up for the trial. Unfortunately it's not available for use quite yet, but the Study is the first to show differences in Biomarkers in the blood between people with Alzheimer's before the symptoms occur.
  
 "I think it gives them more of a certainty of what to expect in the future," said Diane Tremain, a Nurse Practitioner for Freeman's Center for Geriatric Medicine.
 
If the test is eventually offered in the US, Tremain says that it could eventually help lead to a cure, but if not it will at least help families better prepare for the road ahead.  

"That way while they are still able to make rational decisions about their care they can do some long term planning," she said.

And Jones agrees. He says it would have been nice to sit down and discuss the future before his wife's symptoms started to surface, and hopes to take the test himself when it's made available in the US.
  
"It would be great to be able to see that 'Hey this is going to happen in the future, and here are some things that you can do so you could slow it down, or potentially stop it,'" Jones said.
 
Doctors say there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but that early detection and current medication could help delay it's symptoms.  


For a link to the Nature Medicine Journal, where the study was published, click here. 
To visit the Alzheimer's Disease Association, click here. 


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