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Skin test may aid Alzheimer's, Parkinson's diagnosis

from Medscape

A new skin test may eventually be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and other neurodegenerative diseases in living patients, new research shows. Investigators at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi and Hospital Central, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, found that skin biopsy specimens from patients with AD and those with PD had significantly higher levels of tau protein (p-Tau) compared with those from patients without these diseases and those from patients with nondegenerative dementias. In addition, patients with PD had higher levels of α-synuclein protein (α-Syn). more

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