Skin Test May Enable Earlier Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Diagnoses

Skin Test May Enable Earlier Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Diagnoses
AANLOgoA team of Mexican scientists have developed a skin test that may provide an enhanced perspective on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study scheduled for presentation at The 67th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to be held April 18-25, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. AAN2015 In a release, the AAN reports that the Mexican study shows that elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in persons with both of these degenerative diseases can be detected via simple skin biopsies. "Until now, pathological confirmation was not possible without a brain biopsy, so these diseases often go unrecognized until after the disease has progressed,” says study author Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, MD, of the Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi (Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí) in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. “We hypothesized that since skin has the same origin as brain tissue while in the embryo that they might also show the same
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