Testing saliva can help diagnose Parkinson’s, study finds

News

Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 30 January 2020

Parkinson's LifePrep: Parkinson's LifeCook: Parkinson's LifeServes:

Parkinson's saliva test

A saliva test carried out by doctors may be able to both diagnose Parkinson’s and detect the severity of the condition, according to a recent study published in medical journal ‘Neurological Sciences’.

Several indicators of the development of Parkinson’s, including problems in the production of energy, can be easily detected in saliva.

As part of the study, carried out by a team from the  All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, saliva samples were collected from 76 patients living with Parkinson’s, and 37 participants with good general health.

They found that the saliva of those with Parkinson’s reflected evidence of alteration in neurotransmitters – chemical messengers that allow nerve cells to communicate.

The researchers said the test “may highlight the characteristic changes in metabolite levels during the onset of Parkinson’s”.

To read more on this topic click here.

For more information on Parkinson’s diagnosis please visit the EPDA website.


Read more:

Can a digital pen “revolutionise” Parkinson’s diagnosis?

Scotland sees soaring Parkinson’s rate

Go Back

Share this story

Comments


Related articles


ballet

Health & Fitness

Scottish Ballet: dance therapy for Parkinson’s

Free weekly dance classes for Parkinson’s

READ MORE
Female doctor and patient

Women and Parkinson's

“Recognising gender difference is essential for Parkinson’s research”

The research gap, revealed by neurologist Marina Picillo

READ MORE
Billy Connolly

Global update

Sir Billy Connolly to make TV comeback

A new UK TV series is in the pipeline

READ MORE