Diagnosis of Parkinson's

April 27, 2007 10:09pm CST
Scientists are close to developing the world's first test to diagnose Parkinson's disease even before the debilitating symptoms start to appearEarlier thought to be a disease appearing mostly in people in their 60s, Parkinson's is now affecting more and more patients in their late 30s Researchers from Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne and the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, Australia,the team to believe that a simple blood test measuring the levels of the protein could accurately predict and diagnose Parkinson's If the results of our large-scale study are encouraging, this test could be available for clinical use within two years. We are now refining the test to make it quicker and cheaper so it can be offered to all those who have or are at risk of developing Parkinson's
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