Although Alzheimer's is a common disease for those in elderly care, many people are caught off guard by their diagnosis. However, researchers have been working to come up with earlier diagnosing tools in an effort to prepare patients.
Researchers from the University of California - San Diego suggest they have found a way to use fluorescent probes that change color depending on what type of amyloid researchers find. Amyloids are typically found in the brain and the eyes and are related to such neurological diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
The colors range from yellow for amyloids associated with prion disease to green, which is coded for amyloids that could lead to Alzheimer's disease.
"We think that our approach represents a significant step towards developing diagnostics to distinguish between different, but closely related diseases where symptoms and pathological characteristics show may similarities," said one of the study's lead researchers, Jerry Yang. "Such capability might prove to be very important for deciding on effective treatment strategies for specific diseases."
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