Simple Breath Test Could Help Detect Parkinson's Disease
Cambridge researchers say a small study involving 57 people showed a person's breath could be key in detecting early signs of Parkinson's.By Matt Moreno | February 11, 2015
There's currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, but researchers say they could be on their way to identifying it via a simple breath test.
Cambridge researchers say a small group of people tested — 57 — showed breath could differentiate those with Parkinson's from those without it.
The idea is certain molecules in a person's breath could help researchers detect early stages of the disease. Currently, researchers say, tests involve invasive procedures, normally only produce semi-accurate predictions and sometimes still don't detect Parkinson's until too late.