Scientists make breakthrough in early detection of Parkinson's disease

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 Scientists make breakthrough in early detection of Parkinson's disease

Israeli neuroscientists have made a breakthrough in the early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. This is reported by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scientists have created a method that allows you to identify the disease in the early stages. They do this by monitoring changes in the microstructure of the striatum of the brain. “The data we have collected will not only allow us to detect Parkinson's disease at an early stage of its development, but also in the long term will allow us to monitor the effectiveness of drugs on the brain of patients. We expect this technology to enter clinical practice in about three to five years,” said Hebrew University professor Aviv Metzer. He and his colleagues studied brain scans of 46 healthy people and 100 carriers of the disease. They suggested that the structure of brain regions can change even in the early stages of development.

They studied the microstructure of the striatum of the brain, which rapidly degrades as the disease progresses. Scientists have uncovered a unique set of changes in the microstructure, which allows diagnosing the disease at the first stages of its development.

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