Published On:March 15, 2021, 2:59 pm
Scientists are moving closer to producing a "game-changing" examination that might speed up the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. According to a study from the University of Manchester, substances present on the skin's surface may be used to diagnose degenerative conditions. By using a quick and painless skin swab, researchers aim to speed up the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, which progresses slowly and can take years to manifest. The test may also be used to monitor the progression of the disease and assist researchers in evaluating whether new, experimental therapies can delay, interrupt, or reverse its progression, according to scientists. They agree that our findings are an extremely promising step towards tests that could be used to help diagnose and control Parkinson's disease,” stated Perdita Barran, a professor of mass spectrometry at the University of Manchester.
The test is not only fast, easy, and painless, but it should also be extremely cost-effective because it makes use of widely available technology. We intend to use our results to enhance the test's accuracy even further, as well as to take steps toward making it a test that can be used in the NHS, as well as to develop more accurate diagnostics and better care for this chronic disease. The new method examines the compounds present in sebum, the oily material that covers and protects the skin, and detects changes in Parkinson's patients. Sebum is one of the biological fluids that has gained less consideration in the diagnosis of the disease. According to researchers, people with Parkinson's disease produce more sebum than average, a disorder known as seborrhoea. Prof Barran's team of scientists hired 500 people with and without Parkinson's disease to compile their findings. Sebum samples were taken from their upper backs for examination.
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