Soon, peoples noses to tell their Alzheimers risk
November 16, 2011  14:11

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the form of a test for diagnosing Alzheimer's years before symptoms of the killer disease appear, by simply looking at the patient's nose.  

The new test discovered by Professor Boris Schmidt and his team from the Technische Universitat Darmstadt in Germany aims to find protein deposits that cause Alzheimer's before the killer disease shows any physical signs of having struck.  

Chemists discovered that deposits of a toxic protein, called tau, found in the brain cells of people with Alzheimer's, are also found on mucous nasal membranes years before dementia starts.

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