A new study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that dimentia and Parkinson’s disease can now be detected up to 50 years in advance of their normal diagnosis.
Researchers from the American Academy of Neurology studied records from the Mayo Clinic in order to identify the link. “Our findings suggest that in some patients, conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or dementia with Lewy bodies have a very long span of activity within the brain and they also may have a long period of time where other symptoms aren’t apparent,” said study author Bradley F. Boeve, MD, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “More research is needed on this possible link so that scientists may be able to develop therapies that would slow down or stop the progression of these disorders years before the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or dementia appear.” The American Academy of Neurology is an association of more than 22,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. More about the American Academy of Neurology: http://www.aan.com.