Chief investigator Dinesh Kumar and his team of researchers at RMIT University have developed the first tool of its kind which is able to diagnose the early signs of Parkinson’s disease before any of the symptoms are evident. The tool is deceptively simple, only requiring paper, a pen, and a large drawing tablet.
The study recently appeared in the journal ‘Frontiers of Neurology’. Kumar and his team created custom software which recorded how 62 Parkinson’s patients person drew a spiral (half of the patients had no visible symptoms of the degenerative disease). They were able to analyse that data in real time.
Kumar and his team say that through their tool they were able to detect Parkinson’s and the severity of the disease with an accuracy of 93 percent.
Until this new tool, there has not been a lab test available for testing for Parkinson’s disease. By the time a person with this disease presents his or her symptoms to a neurologist, the nerve cells in the brain have already been suffering irreversible damage.
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To read more about this ground breaking tool, please visit: https://nwpf.org/stay-informed/news/2017/09/australian-researchers-develop-new-diagnostic-tool-to-spot-early-signs-of-parkinson%E2%80%99s/