January 14, 2013

New Saliva Gland Test May Better Diagnose Patients With Parkinson’s

By Logan Lafferty

It’s difficult for patients to absolutely know if they have Parkinson’s disease. To date, the only way to diagnose someone with Parkinson’s is to do a clinical exam to access his or her symptoms.  And in order to definitively get an answer, an autopsy is performed on the brain – only after the person has died. But now, a conclusive clinical test may soon be available.  Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have found that examining a specific portion of a person’s saliva gland may be able to diagnose someone with Parkinson’s.

Fox News by Loren Grush

Tags: clinical exam, clinical test, Fox News, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Neurology, parkinson's disease, Research, saliva gland

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