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While Flory researchers have also created a genetic test for PD (10% of PD cases are caused by genetic factors), this new test has a broader application by screening for many different types of PD and ……………… treatment, as well as measuring the …………….. of drugs being developed to treat the disease.

Dr. Qiao-Xin Li and colleagues from The University of Melbourne and The Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, along with Professor Malcolm Home from the Howard Flory Institute, ………….. people with PD had low levels of the brain-secreted protein “alpha-synuclein” in their blood, while people without PD had high levels of the protein.

Professor Home said the test they developed measured alpha-synuclein levels in blood. “Currently there is no specific PD ………….. test so doctors rely on their …………… to make a diagnosis, which means some patients may not be prescribed the most suitable medication and around 15% of those diagnosed may actually be suffering from something else,” Professor Home said.

“Further studies are required to establish whether this test can ………….. between people who are ……………… to treatment and those who are not,” he said.

The researchers are now conducting a large-scale study to …………….. the effectiveness of the test, to discover whether it is applicable for all types of PD, and to find out if it can measure the rate of……………….. and severity of the disease.

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While Flory researchers have also created a genetic test for PD (10% of PD cases are caused by genetic factors), this new test has a broader application by screening for many different types of PD and monitoring treatment, as well as measuring the effectiveness of drugs being developed to treat the disease.

Dr. Qiao-Xin Li and colleagues from The University of Melbourne and The Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, along with Professor Malcolm Home from the Howard Flory Institute, found people with PD had low levels of the brain-secreted protein “alpha-synuclein” in their blood, while people without PD had high levels of the protein.

Professor Home said the test they developed measured alpha-synuclein levels in blood. “Currently there is no specific PD diagnostic test so doctors rely on their observations to make a diagnosis, which means some patients may not be prescribed the most suitable medication and around 15% of those diagnosed may actually be suffering from something else,” Professor Home said.

“Further studies are required to establish whether this test can distinguish between people who are responsive to treatment and those who are not,” he said.

The researchers are now conducting a large-scale study to determine the effectiveness of the test, to discover whether it is applicable for all types of PD, and to find out if it can measure the rate of progression and severity of the disease.

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