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Brain tumours may be detected thanks to a urine test.

Meanwhile, an American research team is turning its attentions to Parkinson’s, having discovered a biomarker that could help accelerate pre-symptom diagnosis.

Parkinson’s is caused when the body produces low levels of dopamine, and high levels of abnormal proteins.

The latter, known as alpha-synuclein, are notoriously difficult to detect, even when present in large volumes. Cue an amplifying detection technique.

As part of a ten-year study involving 1,123 participants, which analysed fluid samples from the brain and spinal cord, abnormal protein levels were correctly identified in 87.7% of cases.

Video recordings and artificial intelligence have proved equally helpful. And an app counteracts tremors while surfing the web.

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