White blood cells could help diagnose people at risk of Parkinson’s, study finds

News

Author: Saskia MairPublished: 30 April 2020

Parkinson's LifePrep: Parkinson's LifeCook: Parkinson's LifeServes:

Scientists in the US have found additional evidence for the link between immune cells and Parkinson’s ­– alongside signs of autoimmunity present in individuals years before their Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The study – conducted by researchers from La Jolla Institute for Immunology and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, US – revealed a higher count of T cells (a type of white blood cell) in participants at the time of diagnosis but showed that few still had these cells 10 years later.

Dr Alessandro Sette, who co-led the study, said: “This tells us that detection of T cell responses could help in the diagnosis of people at risk or in early stages of [Parkinson’s] disease development.

“Importantly, we could dream of a scenario where early interference with T cell responses could prevent the disease from manifesting itself or progressing.”

For more information on the latest Parkinson’s research please visit the EPDA website.


Read more:

Can detecting voice changes improve early Parkinson’s diagnosis?

Plant-based compounds could treat chronic pain in Parkinson’s, study finds

Go Back

Share this story

Comments


Related articles


Beet-Wellington-lead

Recipes & Nutrition

Vegetarian ‘Beet Wellington’ with mushrooms, aubergines and garlic

A vegetarian twist on a steak classic

READ MORE
latin american man and woman dancing

Health & Fitness

Tango treatment: dance to improve your Parkinson’s

New book lauding the positive effect of tango on Parkinson's

READ MORE
A man sits at a computer holding a mug

Europe

Take part in a survey to help improve DBS technology

The survey is available in four countries

READ MORE