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SIU Researchers Working on Blood Test to Improve Parkinson's Diagnoses

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A new blood test might be the key to determining how fast Parkinson's disease will progress.

Doctors at the SIU School of Medicine and UCLA are studying the blood of some Parkinson's patients recently diagnosed with the disease.

Researchers are looking for bio-markers that could help doctors diagnose or measure and hopefully predict the progression of Parkinson's.

"We have found that some of the bio-markers for Alzheimer's, when they are found in patients with Parkinson's disease, this modifies the clinical picture of Parkinson's disease and the progression," SIU School of Medicine neurology professor Rodger Elble said. "So there is some overlap between these two fields."

The hope is that with this research, doctors will be able to recognize the diseases faster and more accurately.

One thing they've already discovered is that patients with higher levels of a metabolite, or a small molecule found in a person's metabolism, declined much quicker than those with lower levels.

Doctors say the next step is conducting tests in a larger study group. SIU Researchers Working on Blood Test to Improve Parkinson's Diagnoses


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