Picking Up on Parkinson's

Picking Up on Parkinson's

<br> <P>Predicting Parkinson's in person and over the phone.<br></P>

IMAGINE BEING TOLD YOU HAVE A DEVASTATING DISEASE, THEN FINDING OUT YOUR DOCTOR WAS WRONG.
UP TO 30-PERCENT OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY PARKINSON'S DISEASE ARE MISDIAGNOSED.
NOW TWO VERY DIFFERENT TOOLS ARE AIMING TO CUT THOSE MISTAKES AND HELP PATIENTS GET THE TREATMENT THEY NEED.
HIS BROTHER AND SISTER HAVE IT, SO LANE SCOTT WASN'T SURPRISED WHEN HIS DOCTOR SAID THE DISEASE HAD HIT HIM TOO.
"He said I do believe you have Parkinsons."
BUT MONTHS LATER, HE GOT SURPRISING NEWS.  A NEW TEST CALLED THE DATSCAN SHOWED HE DID NOT HAVE PARKINSON'S.
"The Datscan actually measures that level of dopamine in the brain by directly targeting the dopamine transporter in the brain."
LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE TEST IS COMPLETE, RADIOLOGISTS CAN SEE THE RESULTS. WHEN THE BRAIN'S DOPAMINE SUPPLY IS NORMAL, THE PATTERN OF THE RECEPTORS HAVE A CRESCENT OR COMMA SHAPE.
"Getting the diagnosis early on will help us to select those patients who may be candidates for treatments that may slow progression or hopefully stop progression."
ANOTHER NEW TEST BEING DEVELOPED COULD HELP DIAGNOSE PARKINSON'S OVER THE PHONE IN 30 SECONDS!
JUST LIKE YOUR ARMS AND LEGS YOUR VOCAL ORGANS ARE AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE. A TEAM HEADED BY M-I-T'S DOCTOR MAX LITTLE IS WORKING ON A SYSTEM THAT USES SPECIAL SOFTWARE TO PREDICT PARKINSON'S .BASED ON HOW YOU SAY CERTAIN SOUNDS.
IN A SMALL STUDY, THE TEST WAS PROVEN TO BE 99-PERCENT ACCURATE.
FOR LANE, THE ACCURACY OF THE DAT-SCAN CHANGED HIS LIFE.
"It's hard to express the relief and the joy I experienced in knowing that no, I don't have Parkinsons."
WITH TWO NEW TESTS HELPING RULE OUT AND PICK UP ON PARKINSON'S.
WITH A QUICK THREE MINUTE CALL YOU CAN HELP RESEARCHERS WITH THE PARKINSON'S VOICE INITIATIVE.
THEY'RE LOOKING TO COLLECT TEN-THOUSAND VOICES OF PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT PARKINSON'S WORLDWIDE.
THEIR GOAL IS TO COLLECT ENOUGH RECORDINGS TO MAKE THE SOFTWARE RELIABLE ENOUGH TO WORK OUTSIDE THE LAB, AND POTENTIALLY SCREEN FOR THE EARLY SIGNS OF THE DISEASE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT NUMBER TO CALL GO TO PARKINSON'S VOICE-DOT-ORG.
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