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BPA exposure has adverse effects on kidney and heart; Saliva gland test helps diagnose Parkinson's
BPA exposure has adverse effects on kidney and heart; Saliva gland test helps diagnose Parkinson

(January 12, 2013 - Insidermedicine Week In Review)

From New York – BPA exposure may adversely affect the kidneys and the heart, according to a report published in Kidney International. Researchers reviewed data on over 700 children aged 6-19, examining urine concentrations of BPA. Children who had the highest amount of BPA in their urine had an elevated albumin to creatinine ratio—a marker of renal impairment that also raises risk of heart disease. These results were consistent even after researchers accounted for risk factors such as smoke exposure, high blood pressure and weight.


From Arizona– A new report presented at the annual meeting for the American Academy of Neurology finds that a saliva gland test may be able to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Researchers examined two saliva glands for the presence of an abnormal Parkison’s protein in 15 Parkinson’s patients who had the disease for an average of 12 years. They found the protein in samples of 82% of the participants—suggesting the technique may be useful as a possible diagnostic tool.

 
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