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Alzheimer's predictor tested in blood  by CBC News (July 18, 2012)

This is a  9 year study of 99 women aged 70 to 79 and free of dementia.  Their blood was tested for levels of serum ceramides, a fatty compound found throughout the body that is associated with inflammation and cell death.  The Women who had the highest levels of the biomarker were 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than women with the lowest levels. 

In Preventing Alzheimer’s, Mutation May Aid Drug Quest  by Gina Kolata   [New York Times: July 11, 2012]

New Test can Diagnose Alzheimer's, but Raises Questions   by Jonathan LaPook  June 19, 2012  CBS News (Video Link)


A New PET scan with a new radioactive dye can detect amyloid plaques in the brain, the hallmark of Alzheimer's.  Prior to this test, that could only be confirmed at autopsy.

FDA Approves PET Imaging Agent for Alzheimer’s Evaluation  by Diagnostic Imaging.com  April 9, 2012


Florbetapir (brand name:  Amyvid) by Eli Lilly is the first FDA approved radioactive diagnostic agent for brain imaging (PET Scans) of amyloid plaques.

Brain Pacemaker Shows Promise in Fighting Alzheimer’s  By Janice Wood  May 8, 2012   PsychCentral

Brain Pacemaker  Link to Johns Hopkins Supporting Research:  Dec 15, 2005