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On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: A new era of diagnosis for Alzheimer’s

Health reporter Ken Alltucker explains. Plus, Russia opens a new front in its fight for Ukraine, nearly 60% of Americans have been infected by COVID-19, money reporter Bailey Schulz talks about rising natural gas prices and a House panel holds a hearing on Supreme Court ethics requirements.

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Taylor Wilson:

Buenos dias. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 27th of April 2022. Today, a new era for Alzheimer’s diagnosis, plus Russia’s latest front in the fight for Ukraine and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. A court in Myanmar has convicted the country’s former leader, Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption and sentenced her to five years in prison. It’s the first of several corruption cases against her de ella in the military-ruled country. She was ousted by an army takeover last year.
  2. Israeli forces earlier today shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian man and injured three others during clashes in the occupied West Bank. A 16-year-old was also wounded by gunfire.
  3. And funeral services will be held today for Madeline Albright. The first female US secretary of state died of cancer last month at the age of 84.

We may be entering a new era of diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease. More than a half dozen blood tests are being developed and tested to detect signs of the neurodegenerative disease in older patients. Health reporter Ken Alltucker has more.

Ken Alltucker:

There’s been a lot of interest in Alzheimer’s research for two decades or so. Drugmakers have been trying to find a drug or a treatment that could slow the disease, which causes memory and thinking problems mainly in older adults. What researchers are trying to do is come up with a blood test that could kind of detect this protein in your blood, rather than having to go to that extra step of the spinal tap or the brain scan. And there’s one test on the market that has been available since 2020. Mainly it’s being used for research right now, because when researchers are doing these large clinical trials to try to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s, they have to screen hundreds, thousands of people to get the right people to enroll into the study. So that’s mainly how it’s being used but some doctors are beginning to use this particular blood test.

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