MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new study suggests Parkinson’s disease may begin before birth.
The research by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center focused on young-onset Parkinson’s – when the neurodegenerative disorder develops before the age of 50.READ MORE: Dates For Formula 1 Grand Prix In Miami Gardens Confirmed For May 6-8, 2022
It found people with young-onset Parkinson’s may have been born with disordered brain cells that went undetected for decades.
The study, which derived neurons from stem cells of people with young-onset Parkinson’s, found two key abnormalities in the brain cells.READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive, Hope To Give Someone The 'Gift Of Life'
The researchers tested drugs to try to reverse the abnormalities.
One of them, an FDA-approved drug for treating pre-cancerous skin lesions, reduced levels of one of the abnormalities in the lab-derived neurons.MORE NEWS: Surfside Families Push For Permanent Memorial At Site Of Condo Collapse
“This exciting new research provides hope that one day we may be able to detect and take early action to prevent this disease in at-risk individuals,” said one of the study’s co-authors.