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Those with Parkinson’s and visual problems more likely to develop dementia

ALZHEIMER’S Research UK’s funded research, conducted at UCL, shows vision tests can predict people with Parkinson’s disease who go on to develop possible dementia 18 months later.

Together, two studies, one published in Movement Disorders, and another published today in Communications Biology show how losses and changes to the brain’s wiring underpin the worsening memory and thinking experienced by many people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK said:

“The human brain is incredibly complex, and a better understanding of the brain changes associated with Parkinson’s disease will open up avenues for how to better diagnose and treat this devastating cause of dementia.

“Exploring how our eyes can shed light on changes underway in the brain is an area that is attracting more and more research attention. Funding clinical research like this is a priority in dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to have made this work possible thanks to the dedication of our incredible supporters. Further research that builds on these findings will help guide the development of preventative and personalised medicine for the disease.”

For more information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, please visit: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/

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