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New Research Could Predict Debilitating Diseases

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What if you could predict debilitating diseases in your future before they strike?

Researchers in Rowan University laboratories are experimenting away trying to figure out what makes incurable, deadly diseases tick when they stumble upon the unexpected the result a game changer.

"Everyone is walking around with antibodies in their blood, thousands of them," Dr. Bob Nagele said.

Dr Nagele's team set out to see if auto antibodies can signal early warnings of a devastating disease, something already lurking and working inside your body.

A more vital clue can they tell when much later in life you will get sick with a disease.

Neurons or nerve cells are constantly firing throughout the brain. In this research, some of those cells start to flicker and dim eventually dying out and breaking up.

The cell debris or trash now finds its way into nearby blood vessels alerting the immune system to send in the troops antibodies to attack and clean out the trash reinforcements are sent to knock down a major resistance.

Doctor Nagele says that surge of antibodies detected in just one drop of your blood is a clear indication of the trouble brewing inside your head years before a chronic disease is even diagnosed.

"We want to be able to give them a chance to be treated with any therapy that comes down the road that would be able to block and maybe stop the disease altogether," Nagele said.

Doctor Nagele says while they still may be years and several more steps away from possible FDA approval, his research project just got a second grant from the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's and that his work with Alzheimer's is being backed by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

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