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Blood Test to Detect Early Parkinson’s?

New Blood Test for ParkinsonsUK researchers say they have developed a simple blood test to detect Parkinson’s disease even at the earliest stages. The test detects a substance in the blood indicative of Parkinson’s well before physical symptoms appear.

The substance, called “phosphorylated alpha-synuclein,” is common in people with Parkinson’s disease.

“A blood test for Parkinson’s disease would mean you could find out if a person was in danger of getting the disease, before the symptoms started,” said David Allsop, Ph.D. “This would help the development of medicines that could protect the brain, which would be better for the quality of life and future health of older people.”

To develop the blood test for Parkinson’s disease, Allsop and colleagues studied a group of people diagnosed with the disease and a second group of healthy people of a similar age.

Blood samples from each group were analyzed to determine the levels of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein present. They found those with Parkinson’s disease had increased levels of the substance.

Based upon these findings, researchers developed a blood test that detects the presence of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein, which could allow for diagnosis of the disease well before symptoms appear but when brain damage has already begun to occur.

“When most people think of Parkinson’s disease, they think of the outward symptoms, such as involuntary movements,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, “but many people with Parkinson’s also develop neurological problems that may be more difficult to detect right away.

“Having a blood test not only helps doctors rule out other possible causes of the outward symptoms, but it also allows for early detection which can help patients and their caregivers prepare for the possibility of the mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that the disease can cause.”

The report explaining the discovery and test development process is found in the FASEB Journal.

Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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Blood Test to Detect Early Parkinson’s?

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Blood Test to Detect Early Parkinson’s?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/12/01/blood-test-to-detect-early-parkinsons/32047.html

 

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