Researchers at Australia’s La Trobe University have developed a diagnostic blood test for Parkinson’s disease. Currently the only diagnosis is a neurological test. However, by the time patients develop symptoms and undergo the neurological test, large numbers of vital brain cells have already been destroyed. The blood test works by detecting the abnormal metabolism of disease-affected blood cells, allowing for treatment to start much earlier.

The Michael J Fox Foundation is co-funding the test for Parkinson’s Research, alongside the Shake It Up Australia Foundation – a non-government funder of Parkinson’s.

Source: La Trobe University