The smell of Alzheimer’s

Credit: Nick Youngson

Diagnosis is one of the trickiest steps in disease management for many diseases, ranging from some types of cancer, to rare diseases or neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s for instance. Even though we have been hearing long about the disease, to date the only reliable diagnosis comes from a postmortem brain analysis, and the finding of amyloid plaques in it. One of the biggest challenges of Alzheimer’s research is to come up with a reliable screening/diagnostic method that would help treat the early symptoms and aim to stop progression of the disease.

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