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Parkinson’s: Predicting Risk and Progression

Two papers published this week address fundamental questions in Parkinson's disease: can researchers predict who will develop the disease, and once it's diagnosed, how will it progress? One, appearing in Lancet Neurology , described a predictive model based on an algorithmic combination of genetics, olfactory discrimination, and other factors that identified Parkinson's disease with 83% sensitivity and 90% specificity.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The growing over-emphasis on genetic testing often drowns out truly unique markers (like sense of smell). Nonetheless, there still remains no treatment for Parkinson’s even through it is known to be an inflammatory condition.  I would take a wild guess that increasing omega-3 intake at the earliest sign of Parkinson’s would have significant benefits.


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