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New tool may help researchers predict cognitive decline with Parkinson's disease

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A new tool from researchers at Harvard Medical School may allow investigators to predict cognitive decline in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), which could help design clinical trials and test new therapies. The tool uses an algorithm combining varied personal details -- age at onset, baseline score on the Mini Mental State Examination, years of education, motor exam score, sex, depression, and GBA mutation status.

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Tracy Young Pearse

Tracy Young-Pearse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ulf Dettmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School