Researcher close to identifying makers predict who will get Alzheimer’s

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(KPLR) - Alzheimer's disease is the fourth leading cause of death in adults. It can erase a lifetime's worth of memories and there is no cure.

However, British researchers believe they may be close to determining who will get the disease.

They have identified ten blood proteins that may predict the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Those ten proteins can predict whether people with mild cognitive impairment will develop Alzheimer’s within a year.

The test has an 87-percent accuracy rating.

St. Louis University is looking for Alzheimer’s patients to test a new drug they're researching.

The drug known as MK 89-31 is intended to break down plaque in the brain. That plaque is a main factor in causing the disease.

SLU researchers need patients who have mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

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