Four recent Alz. news breakthroughs

A Smell Identification Test (UPSIT)  developed at Univ. of Pennsylvania scientists is a practical, lo-cost alternative for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, better than measuring the thickness of entorhinal cortex.  July 26, 2016

Lower weight in late-life is linked to greater Alzheimer’s disease risk, Massachusetts General Hospital has reported. Low Body Mass Index is associated with increased amyloid levels, possibly an indication for frailty. August 2, 2016

New biochip blood test identifies which patients are at an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, presented at the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Philadelphia, showed that the biochip test, which allows multiple tests to be run on one blood sample, was as accurate as existing molecular tests that analyze DNA. This biochip test is also faster and more affordable than the standard DNA test, producing results in only three hours, enabling doctors to predict the risk of an individual developing AD. August 3, 2016

Neuroinflammation plays an important role in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, as has long been suspected, according to Bentham Science publishers. August 8, 2016