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Simple eye exam could lead to early diagnosis of Parkinson’s

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Reuters Health - 02/12/2020 - A simple eye exam, coupled with an advanced machine-learning algorithm, can help diagnose Parkinson's disease early, new research suggests. "The single most important finding of this study was that a brain disease was diagnosed with a basic picture of the eye. This is very different from traditional approaches where to find a problem with the brain you look at different brain images," Maximilian Diaz, a PhD student of biomedical engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in a news release. He presented his research November 29 at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) virtual annual meeting. Parkinson's disease is characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. It is typically diagnosed based on the presence of tremors, muscle stiffness and impaired balance. But these symptoms develop after prolonged progression with significant injury to dopaminergic neurons. "This m...


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