Simple test could identify people at risk of developing Parkinson's earlier than previously thought
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  September 15, 2017  
  Parkinson's Disease  
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 Simple test could identify people at risk of developing Parkinson's earlier than previously thoughtSimple test could identify people at risk of developing Parkinson's earlier than previously thought
 
A new study provides further evidence that a simple scratch-and-sniff test could predict Parkinson's disease even earlier than previously thought.
 
 
 New research uncovers 17 new genetic variants linked to Parkinson’s diseaseNew research uncovers 17 new genetic variants linked to Parkinson’s disease
 
In the UK, every hour someone receives the devastating news that they have Parkinson’s disease. One in every 500 people suffers from Parkinson's, which equates to approximately 127,000 people across the UK. The majority of those diagnosed with Parkinson's are aged over 50, but for many, it will begin far earlier. There is currently no cure.
 
   Researchers find unique genetic mutation in 74-year-old man with Parkinson's diseaseResearchers find unique genetic mutation in 74-year-old man with Parkinson's disease
 
Mutations in the human genome may be responsible for many diseases. In the case of Parkinson's disease (PD), five locations have been the subject of recent attention. Variants of one of these locations, ACMSD (aminocarboxymuconate semialdehyde decarboxylase), may be implicated in PD, but until now, no mutations in ACMSD have been found in any PD patients.
 
   Brain rewiring due to dopamine loss may be source of impaired movement in Parkinson's diseaseBrain rewiring due to dopamine loss may be source of impaired movement in Parkinson's disease
 
The brain's own mechanisms for dealing with the loss of dopamine neurons in Parkinson's disease may be a source of the disorder's abnormal movement, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Neuron.
 
 Researchers discover important link between Parkinson's and prion diseases
 
Researchers discover important link between Parkinson's and prion diseasesParkinson's disease and prion diseases are very different from each other as regards both origins and course. Nonetheless, a research group of SISSA's, headed by Professor Giuseppe Legname, has discovered an unexpected and important link between the two pathologies.
 
 
 Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases
 
Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseasesResearch carried out at the University of Kent has the potential to influence the future search for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases that are linked to a family of protein molecules known as 'amyloid'.