Pre-eclampsia and Alzheimer’s Disease may have something in common:
Researchers at the Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have identified proteins in urine of patients with pre-eclampsia that resemble dysfunction proteins identified in neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers report that the proteins identified were noted assuming the wrong shape or “misfolding”. Their theory is that pre-eclampsia may be caused by the placentas of pregnant women accumulating these misshaped proteins similar to the accumulations of damaging proteins seen in the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient over time.
This new discovery of has led to the development of a new test to screen pregnant mothers for pre-eclampsia with greater specificity than currently available screening tools. Clinical trials are currently underway internationally for the new Congo Red Dot urine test; which has the potential to both accurately and efficiently detect the presence of these misfolded proteins in a single urine sample.
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