ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – A Charlotte non profit on the forefront of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s treatments now has a new tool to diagnose patients.
During this Parkinson’s Awareness Month we wanted to feature Memory and Movement Charlotte that serves plenty of our South Carolina neighbors.
Leaders say it’s not unusual for patients and their families to drive 2-3 hours to see a specialist and previously diagnosing patients was not always clear. The scans available could cost more than 10-thousand dollars and often were NOT covered by insurance.
Now, this Syn-One technology requires just a few skin biopsies, costs hundreds of dollars and often IS covered by insurance.
One man in his 50’s who asked not to be identified is grateful for the clarity, as for several years the previous scans came back with plenty of mixed messages.” Just imagine, I’m taking an early stage drug but the whole time wondering is this it or not it . Do I share it with anyone? I don’t want to share if I’m not even certain I have this. I know I’m experience symptoms and so if it’s not that what is it? I feel like all of this has brought all of that to rest.”
Dr. Sanjay Iyer explaining, “Not every case is clear cut, those are the easy ones. The tough ones are when they look a little like Parkinson’s but they have a lot of other features, maybe they have some old injuries in their spine or back and that may be impacting their gate. So it makes you scratch your head a bit, but to be able to show people that, yes you do indeed have Parkinson’s. Especially nowadays people are so data driven and they want to see it and they want to know they have it. Is there a blood test, is there something that tells me yes you have this, and now we have that.”
Perhaps, the best part, Syn-One can diagnose patients 10 years before the onset of symptoms, which will be critical as emerging treatments come out that may slow or stop progression. The Syn One test not only can diagnose Parkinson’s but also a specific type of Dementia and more.
For more information about becoming a patient at Memory & Movement Charlotte visit their website or call the number below.
300 Billingsley Rd. #108
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