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Notes from - Parkinson’s Disease Can Now Be Detected Through the Skin

  • People with Parkinson’s disease have an abnormal protein called alpha-synuclein in their nerves.
  • A medical technology company called CND Life Sciences developed a skin biopsy that can detect this protein.
  • The test involves taking skin samples near ankle, knee, shoulder.
  • It costs {\$1,500: insurance, \$995: patient}

  • Parkinson's disease
    • Doctors normally diagnose it by symptoms
    • But symptoms take years to appear
    • It is the second-most common age-related neurodegenerative condition
    • It is a major driver of disability, dementia and death.
    • A sleep behavior disorder is a precursor to Parkinson’s
    • It is a progressive disorder where brain cells are lost over time
    • Parkinson’s occurs when cells deep in the brain that produce dopamine, which coordinates movement, become impaired or die.
    • Symptoms include tremors, stiffness, slow movements and problems with balance.
    • Patients also have non-motor complications such as depression, sleep disorders and pain.
    • It usually occurs in older people, more often men.
    • There is no cure, but drugs and other treatments help relieve symptoms.
  • Dr. Jason Crowell, a movement-disorders neurologist in Louisville, Ky.
  • CND Life Sciences, a medical technology company in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Dr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
  • dementia with Lewy bodies
  • prognoses
  • Dr. Christopher Gibbons, a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston
  • Dr. Todd Levine, chief medical officer of CND Life Sciences
diary/2024-04/2024-04-26.txt · Last modified: 2024/04/30 20:56 by raju