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Keele scientists make Parkinson's breakthrough

Keele scientists make Parkinson's breakthrough
16th February 2009

Recent research suggests that a bright light approaching something as high as one million watts could help in the detection of early Parkinson's disease, according to British scientists.

Based at Keele University, the team has told a conference in Chicago that a super microscope would be able to see the changes in brain cells before Parkinson's disease took hold and destroyed them.

Led by Dr Joanna Collingwood, the team revealed its findings to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that as a result of this, sufferers could effectively be treated earlier for their problems.

She continued: "Early diagnosis is key because we know that by the time a typical individual presents with the symptoms of the disease, chemical changes have already caused significant cell death of vulnerable motor neurones."

According to another ground-breaking discovery at the meeting of the AAAS this year, it was proposed that there could be billions of other "Earths" which are capable of supporting life.

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