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Brain: a blood test that detects Parkinson’s disease has been developed

Physicians from the University of Kiel have developed a method that, using changes in a protein in the blood, can detect Parkinson’s disease. Previous diagnostic methods were based mainly on already formed external symptoms. Research results published in Brain magazine.

The proposed technique helped to recognize the disease in 30 patients, and did not find any signs of the disease in 50 people from the control group. The analysis is based on three steps: isolation of nerve cell vesicles in the samples; detection of a protein that causes Parkinson’s disease using specific antibodies; detection of a pathologically altered form of α-synuclein.

However, scientists emphasized that this method requires further improvements so that it can be applied everywhere. The authors also want to find out if this method can be diagnosed in the early stages and whether it will work on other neurodegenerative diseases.

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