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New blood test may help in early detection of Parkinson’s disease

The test could identify drugs that reverse or slow down DNA damage and disease


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A blood test that can detect Parkinson’s disease could be a step towards finding a cure for the condition.

The test looks for damage to DNA in mitochondria, which are small energy-producing structures found in cells.

It could help to diagnose Parkinson's disease earlier, which could lead to better treatments.

Test could also determine the effectiveness of a therapy targeting the mutation.

“This assay could not only diagnose Parkinson’s, but also identify drugs that reverse or halt mitochondrial DNA damage and the disease process," - Laurie Sanders, lead author of the study.

Research by Duke Health, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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Duke University School of Medicine

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Laurie Sanders

Assistant professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pathology at Duke University Medical Center

Science Translational Medicine

Journal that publish papers with topics related to translational medicine

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Parkinson’s Disease, Mitochondria
New blood test may help in early detection of Parkinson’s disease