In a research carried out by scientists from the Beaumont Research Institute and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in the US, and the University of Alberta in Canada, developed an early diagnostic kit for Alzheimer’s Disease using only a sample of saliva from the patient.
The article was published Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which Dr. Ali Yılmaz, one of our department’s 2006 graduates, is the leading author.
NHS reports that researchers looked at 22 chemical substances (biomarkers) in the saliva, to see if there was a distinct pattern that could indicate whether a person was healthy, had MCI, or had Alzheimer’s. They found that a specific chemical make-up of saliva could predict, with a relatively good degree of accuracy, which of these three groups a person fell into.
The findings show promise but this is only preliminary work, as the sample is too small to be conclusive. The next stage is to see if the results can be verified in a much larger sample of people. The researchers calculated that they need ideally at least 100 people in each group.
- You can find the article following this link.