ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There is local reaction to news of a blood test that could predict risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.

This test allowed researchers to predict with about 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s within three years.

“It’s exciting. It’s great news to have breaking news about this dreaded disease,” says Stacy Tew-Lovasz who heads the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “We absolutely need something to detect and diagnose Alzheimer’s at its earliest time point. We know that. We know that we need it to speed the development of diseases, we need a less expensive and invasive bio-market. So that’s what makes it exciting and interesting.”

But Tew-Lovasz cautions that finding this test in your doctor’s office is still a few years away.

Right now, about 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s — including 110 thousand in Missouri. That’s expected to triple by the year 2050.

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