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10:59 AM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
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German researchers have discovered a marker that can predict which people with memory problems will go on to develop Alzheimer's Disease.

In the study more than fifty adults with slight memory problems underwent a spinal tap to give researchers a fluid sample.

Researchers then analyzed the sample, and found those with the highest levels of a specific protein were more likely to develop Alzheimer's.

When they combined that information, with the patient's age and levels of another brain protein -- researchers found the results were eighty percent accurate.

Experts say knowing who will develop the memory-robbing disease will help them start treatment earlier.

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