A new study is showing that those who develop Parkinson’s disease before the age of 50 may have been born with it. Stem cell research has shown that disordered brain cells could have been undetected in younger patients and could have been present since birth. 10% of those diagnosed fall between the ages of 21 and 50 years old. Researchers hope to use this new information to detect and treat the disease before its onset. New drug research is also being explored, with one drug, PEP005, that is currently being used to treat precancerous skin spots that may reduce the higher levels of alpha-synuclein. Researchers are now looking into ways to use PEP005 to treat or prevent young-onset Parkinson’s.
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