New saliva gland test may better diagnose patients with Parkinson's

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Logan Lafferty

It’s difficult for patients to absolutely know if they have Parkinson’s disease…But now, a conclusive clinical test may soon be available.  Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have found that examining a specific portion of a person’s saliva gland may be able to diagnose someone with Parkinson’s…“[During the autopsy] you can see the protein alpha-synuclein” – an abnormal protein associated with Parkinson’s disease – “and we find that in multiple areas of the body as well,” Adler, with the Mayo Clinic Arizona and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, told FoxNews.com.

 

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Tags: abnormal protein, American Academy of Neurology, clinical test, Fox News, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Neurology, parkinson's disease, Research, saliva gland

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