News ArchivesRead News
Test might sniff out Parkinson's
Wednesday August 06, 2008
King5.com - Margie Chamberlain's last birthday was a painful reminder.
"I'm 51 and when my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's, she was 50 or 51. Nobody should have to go through what my mother went through and I just hope that I can do something to make a difference," she said.
Her nose might help. Researchers want to know if a smell test can identify healthy people who are at risk of developing Parkinson's.
People with a normal sense of smell can correctly identify around 35-40 smells. People with Parkinson's can identify 20 or less.
"The difficulty with identifying odors or smells is a very early manifestation. It actually may occur years before they develop Parkinson's disease," said Kapil D. Sethi, MD, a neurologist at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Sethi says by the time patients start having tremors, they've already lost more than half their motor-related brain cells.
"I hope and pray I don't have Parkinson's disease," said Margie.
Researchers want to find a way to stop Parkinson's before it starts.
"When we develop drugs or cocktails -- combinations of drugs that slow down Parkinson's, then we could intervene before they get Parkinson's, so maybe delay it by three or four years. Wouldn't that be wonderful? It would have a huge public health impact," said Dr. Sethi.
The nationwide Parkinson's study is still recruiting participants must be over 50 and have a mother, father, child or sibling with Parkinson's. The closest site is in Portland.
Recent NewsSep 12 - Australian Researchers Develop New Diagnostic Tool to Spot Early Signs of Parkinson’s
Sep 11 - GeneFo Webinar to Focus on Using Humor to Manage Parkinson’s Disease
Sep 6 - Parkinson’s and the ‘D’ word
Sep 6 - Compounds in Asthma Drugs Might Be Used as Parkinson’s Treatment
Sep 5 - AstraZeneca Joins Takeda, Berg to Advance Development of Parkinson’s Disease Therapies
Sep 1 - Stem Cell Transplant Trial in Parkinson’s Patients Planned After Test in Japan Succeeds in Monkeys
Sep 1 - Titan to Start Phase 1/2 Study of Subdermal Implant to Deliver Requip to Parkinson’s Patients
Aug 30 - FDA Refuses Acorda’s Inbrija New Drug Application Due to Manufacturing Questions
Aug 23 - Support Groups: Are They for You?
Aug 22 - Internet Visits with Parkinson’s Specialist Can Be as Effective as In-person Visits, Trial Finds
Aug 21 - Cavion’s New CMO to Lead Cav3 Platform Development for Neurological Diseases
Aug 15 - Singing Helps Early-stage Parkinson’s Patients Retain Speech, Respiratory Control, Studies Show
Aug 14 - 16 Tips to Increase Your Mobility Confidence While Living With Parkinson’s Disease
Aug 10 - Boxers are fighting back against Parkinson’s
Aug 9 - Parkinson’s Experiment to Be Aboard Next Flight to International Space Station
Aug 9 - Parkinson’s Disease and Sleeping with the Enemy
Aug 7 - The Importance of Oral Health in Parkinson’s Disease
Aug 7 - Researchers Gain Better Insight Into Alpha-Synuclein’s Role in Parkinson’s Disease
Jul 31 - New Digital Cognitive Assessment Tool Receives Positive FDA Review
Jul 20 - Parkinson’s DREAM Challenge Uses Mobile Sensor Data to Monitor Health Based on Movement