MAIL ONLINE: A blood test could diagnose the world's most common cause of blindness 'YEARS before symptoms develop'

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Release date: 7/2/2020

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A blood test could help diagnose the world's most common cause of blindness – years before symptoms develop.

Age-related macular degeneration patients have much higher levels of the FHR-4 protein, scientists have discovered.

The breakthrough could lead to earlier detection when drugs are more likely to be effective and the development of medications that target it.

Ophthalmologists at the University of Manchester say the discovery could lead to a blood test to predict who will get the vision-robbing condition.

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TitleA blood test could diagnose the world's most common cause of blindness 'YEARS before symptoms develop'
Media name/outletMail Online
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date7/02/20
DescriptionA blood test could help diagnose the world's most common cause of blindness – years before symptoms develop.

Age-related macular degeneration patients have much higher levels of the FHR-4 protein, scientists have discovered.

The breakthrough could lead to earlier detection when drugs are more likely to be effective and the development of medications that target it.

Ophthalmologists at the University of Manchester say the discovery could lead to a blood test to predict who will get the vision-robbing condition.
URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7978933/Blood-test-diagnose-common-cause-blindness-YEARS-symptoms-develop.html
PersonsPaul Bishop