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Hope for predicting cognitive decline


Researchers at King's College London have developed a method that could predict which Parkinson's patients will experience cognitive decline, before they show any symptoms of memory problems. 

Commenting on the study, Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson's UK, said:

"We've known that there is degeneration in this area of the brain in Parkinson's, but this is the first time anyone has used targeted MRI scanning as a predictive tool to identify people who may develop memory problems.

"This study holds huge promise for the development of dementia treatments, as these scans could be a useful technique to select people to take part in clinical trials. With people with Parkinson's at more risk of developing Parkinson's dementia, better treatments could improve the lives of so many people with the condition. 

"For this to become a standard test, however, it needs to be shown in other studies, but we’ll be watching its progress closely."


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Molly Horsburgh, Senior Media and PR Officer, Parkinson’s UK:  

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About Parkinson's UK

Every hour, 2 people are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around 1 in every 350 adults.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. 

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.