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Article of the Month
Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults
Mapstone et al, Nat Med 2014
Dr. Mapstone and his colleagues are trying to develop novel and inexpensive ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease for early treatment and testing new interventions. In this study they describe the discovery and validation of a set of lipids found in blood that may represent some of the early biological changes in Alzheimer’s disease. This finding, if found in other studies may herald a new paradigm for detecting the disease much earlier than is currently possible. A blood test could be developed which would be easy to administer and inexpensive and may allow for earlier treatments when they may do the most good.