Measuring Iron in the Brain Helps Evaluate the Progression of Dementia

Scientists from University College London (UCL), Queen Square Institute of Neurology in the United Kingdom have discovered a possible method to measure the progression of dementia in people with Parkinson’s disease by measuring iron deposits in the brain.Measuring Iron in the Brain Helps Evaluate Progression of Dementia

Researchers found that the presence of iron in a person’s brain, which is a natural constituent of aging, is associated with the increased presence of protein.

Lead author of the study Dr. Rimona Weil says: “Iron in the brain is of growing interest to people researching neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and dementias. As you get older, iron accumulates in the brain, but it’s also linked to the buildup of harmful brain proteins, so we’re starting to find evidence that it could be useful in monitoring disease progression, and potentially even in diagnostics.”

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