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Under the Skin

Science Daily reports that researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have discovered that an important clue to diagnosing Parkinson’s may lie just beneath the skin.

In a study scheduled to appear in the October 29th print issue of the journal Neurology and currently published on-line, the investigators report that elevated levels of a protein called alpha-synuclein can be detected in the skin of Parkinson’s patients, findings that offer a possible biomarker to enable clinicians to identify and diagnose PD before the disease has reached an advanced stage. See also the article published in Medical News Today.

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