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Using a blood test to diagnose Alzheimers

With Alzheimer’s on the rise in Australia, is it time we found an easier way to diagnose the disease? There are more than 350,000 Australians living with Alzheimer’s, but this number could reach almost 900,000 by 2050. Alzheimer’s is implicated in 60 – 70% of all cases of dementia, which mostly affects those aged over 65 – though early onset dementia can affect those as young as 30. With the number of people with Alzheimer’s increasing, scientists are looking at more efficient ways of diagnosing the disease — could using a blood test to diagnose the condition be the answer? To find out more, we were joined by Anne Poljak, senior scientist at UNSW.

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