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Scientists in the UK have developed a simple blood test that can diagnose Parkinson's disease before symptoms are visible.
New research published in the FASEB Journal revealed that they found a substance in the blood known as "phosphorylated alpha-synuclein" which is common in sufferers of Parkinson's disease.
During the study the team at the University of Lancaster tested a cross section of people to see if the substance was present in their blood. Subjects with the disease were found to have a higher lever of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein in their system.
Based on these results the scientists developed a simple blood test that could identify the substance before brain damage has already started to occur.
David Allsop, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences and the School of Health and Medicine at the university, said: "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."
According to Parkinson's UK, a charity for the disease, a person in the UK is told they have Parkinson's every hour.
written by Megan Smith
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