I came across this a while back, and I was prompted to recall it by a recent commenter:
A Danish biotech firm has developed a new test which can detect, from a bog standard blood sample, whether the person concerned has Alzheimer’s disease. The test can even reveal the disease in its early stages.
Researchers at the Danish biotech firm Nordic Bioscience have developed a new test for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
The test can measure whether the blood contains fragments of a special protein, known as tau, of which Alzheimer’s sufferers have larger quantities than people without the disease.
Now, I’m not sure how similarly CTE interacts with tau protein, but the common piece of it caught my eye. Tau is the hallmark of CTE, so if it can be detected via a blood test for some scenarios, maybe it could be expanded…?
Wouldn’t it be nice, if we could detect the presence of CTE before all the years of anguish get rolling?