Skin Swab Finds Parkinson's

  • It may now be possible to use painless, rapid, non-invasive, and affordable swab to diagnose and monitor progression of Parkinson's Disease
  • Research by University of Manchester/Michael J. Fox Foundation; involved 200 participants
  • 85% accurate
  • Swabbed back skin, analyzed compounds; found 10 distinct "Sebum-based biomakers"
  • 2 in 3 Parkinson's patients develop "oily skin" with distinct smell
  • May also help with rapid COVID-19 detection tests

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