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Alzheimer’s disease could be detected through saliva
Modern Healthcare

Saliva may someday lead to early detection of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Preliminary findings from a small study presented Sunday at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference going on now in Washington, D.C., suggests saliva could be used to differentiate between people who age normally, those with Alzheimer’s and patients with what’s known as mild cognitive impairment, which may or may not develop into Alzheimer’s.

Early detection of Alzheimer’s has remained a challenge because the disease is still not fully understood. The ability to identify Alzheimer’s in its early stages, before a patient begins to experience deterioration of their cognitive function, could lead to earlier intervention by providers.