New faster test developed for detection of Parkinson's disease

Researchers claim to have developed a new test to detect Parkinson's disease and dementia that is faster than the existing test.

At present the test results take days to come for detection of Parkinson's disease.

The new test is based on the levels of Lewy bodies in spinal fluid. The Lewy bodies are abnormal clumps of protein that develop inside nerve cells in Parkinson's disease.

The researchers conducted the test on 60 cerebral spinal fluid samples that included 12 sample from people with Parkinson's, 17 from people with dementia with Lewy bodies, and 16 people with Alzheimer's disease and 31 without the disease.

The results were encouraging as the test eliminated all 31 samples without the disease and correctly diagnosed the samples with Parkinson's and dementia with Lewy bodies.

The results were 93% accurate and can be used for detection of the disease in other patients as well.

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