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(Caracas, August 18, News24) .- A group of university scientists from South Korea have found a way early detection of Parkinson's of changes occurring occur in the human eye.
In the early stages of the disease, the retina becomes thinner due to the multiple death of neuronal tissue, according to a statement released this week by the American Academy of Neurology.
The lead author of the study, Jee-young Lee, a doctor at Seoul National University, said that scanning of the patient's eyes is sufficient to detect this degenerative condition, which is so far incurable .
The team came to this conclusion after a comparative test conducted on 49 elderly who had already been diagnosed with Parkinson's (but did not yet take medication) and 54 others who had never had symptoms of the disease.
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Researchers found that people with a diagnosis were made less consistent, in particular two inner layers of the five who had the retina: in patients, the average thickness of these layers was 35 micrometres, while in the healthy participants were 37.
The physician, Lee, stressed that this study is "the first one to notice this link" and admits that it will be necessary to confirm the results obtained by more large-scale experiments.
With information from RT