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Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test

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Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2016 02:51 AM by AlexMuller

Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease.

 

Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. The charity Parkinson's UK welcomed the research as a "significant step".
 
The researchers examined rats and found that changes could be seen at the back of their eyes before visible symptoms occurred.
 
Professor Francesca Cordeiro who led the research said it was a "potentially revolutionary breakthrough in the early diagnosis and treatment of one of the world's most debilitating diseases".
 
"These tests mean we might be able to intervene much earlier and more effectively treat people with this devastating condition."
 
Symptoms of Parkinson's include tremors and muscle stiffness, slowness of movement and a reduced quality of life. These symptoms usually only emerge after brain cells have been damaged.
 
But there is currently no brain scan, or blood test, that can definitively diagnose Parkinson's disease.
 
Parkinson's does not directly cause people to die, but symptoms do get worse over time.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-08-19
+1
Early diagnosis is very important for treatments, they are more effective at early stages and can substantially slow down the disease progress. This eye test and early diagnosis would make this possible Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-08-19
+0
Many neurodegenerative disorders including dementia and Parkinson's do not have cure and the only option are treatments to reduce the symptoms- early diagnosis and and early treatment are the key, this eye test is important! Reply


 

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