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PARKINSON'S DISEASE: New Early Symptoms Test

Updated on April 6, 2015
Neural Pathways in Parkinson's Disease
Neural Pathways in Parkinson's Disease

Discover the new test for Parkinson's symptoms: accurately detects signs of Parkinson's disease before noticeable symptoms develop and evaluates PD treatment.

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Do I have Parkinson's Disease? Up until a few months ago, this was not an easy diagnosis for a physician to make because there was no test for Parkinson's disease (PD). Now there is. In just a few minutes, PD can be diagnosed with 97.5% accuracy.

Heretofore, patients presented at their physician's offices when they experienced troubling symptoms of the disease – usually a hand tremor.

Popular film and television star Michael J. Fox woke up one morning with an uncontrollable twitching of his finger.


Parkinson's Symptoms

Writing of his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in his book,Lucky Man: A Memoir, Fox recalls:

Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox | Source

Michael J. Fox has raised over $400 million for research to cure PD through his Michael J. Fox Foundation. He has become the human face of the illness, so much so that Parkinson's is sometimes referred to as the Michael J. Fox disease.

Lucky Man: A Memoir
Lucky Man: A Memoir

Go read Chapter I of this best-seller online.

 

"I woke up to find the message in my left hand. It had me trembling. It wasn't a fax, telegram, memo, or the usual sort of missive bringing disturbing news. In fact, my hand held nothing at all. The trembling was the message...That's when I noticed my pinkie. It was trembling, twitching, auto-animated. How long this had been going on I wasn't exactly sure. But now that I noticed it, I was surprised to discover that I couldn't stop it."

Michael J. Fox was only 30 years old when he had this first, noticeable symptom in 1990. He wouldn't receive the PD diagnosis until a year later. When he was given the results, he was told that he probably had developed the illness a decade earlier.

As an actor, Fox was subjected to frequent, thorough medical examinations in accordance with the business insurance necessary for movie and television productions. How could he have this disease for more than ten years without any physical checkup revealing it? And why did it take more than a year to receive the correct diagnosis?

Fox's experience is the typical scenario for PD sufferers. When a patient notices Parkinson's symptoms for the first time, he is already in the advanced stages of the illness.

The patient's doctor then orders a battery of tests which are not part of routine physicals. These are not tests specifically for PD; in fact, they are tests which only rule out other diseases which might cause similar symptoms. When all other conditions and illnesses are ruled out, Parkinson's is the diagnosis.

Magnetic Resonance Tomography Scanner
Magnetic Resonance Tomography Scanner

According to the European Magnetic Resonance Forum, there are only 25,000 MRI scanners in use for medical tests in the entire world!

Photo Credit: Jan Ainali, CC by 3.0

Brain Scan Image
Brain Scan Image

Tests almost always include X-ray CT (computed tomography) scans which use ionizing radiation and can damage DNA. Another common test is the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which can cause problems for some patients.

Some doctors will recommend PET (positron emission tomography) or SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography); both of these tests expose the patient to radiation and possible DNA mutation. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, the PET and SPECT scans are difficult to interpret for PD and can result in a missed diagnosis.

These preliminary tests cost thousands of dollars, must be scheduled well in advance, are not available in every location, and come with risks.

Some doctors diagnose PD by prescribing standard medication for the disease and evaluating the response in the patient's symptoms. If a patient in fact has the disease, use of certain drugs prematurely can lessen their effectiveness as the disease progresses.

All of these experiences have left patients and medical professionals urgently seeking better diagnostic tools.


Test for Early Parkinson's Symptoms

A revolutionary new test has been developed by Dr. Sara Rosenblum, Associate Professor, Ph.D., of Israel's Haifa University Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences. The test detects early Parkinson's symptoms not visibly observable and confirms a diagnosis long before the traditional symptoms of the disease develop. The test, called ComPET, is:

● non-invasive

● non-stressful

● inexpensive

● completely safe

● 97.5% accurate

Does this test sound too good to be true? Read on:

● It can be administered by any trained professional, not just doctors.

● It uses small and inexpensive computer devises.

● It can be administered to children carrying the genetic marker which indicates an inherited susceptibility to the disease.

● It can easily be used on large populations exposed to pesticides. (A link between pesticides and some cases of Parkinson's has been confirmed.)

This test not only pinpoints PD at its earliest presence, but its continued use can measure the progression of the disease in individual patients and the effectiveness of treatments prescribed.


Dopamine Levels in the Brain and Parkinson's Early Symptoms

Daughter of PD sufferer Muhammad Ali, Maryum Ali, discusses dopamine production and early visible Parkinson's symptoms with Dr.Travis Stork in this video:

Neurodegenerative Disease

The brain is the mission-control center for the body.

Because PD is a neurodegenerative disease, the new ComPET test targets the state of brain health as it sends messages which translate to a patient's hand movements. The brain sends these messages through cells called neurons. When neurons are damaged or die, the body is deprived of dopamine which is produced by these neurons. Dopamine is the actual chemical transmitter that communicates from the brain to control the body's physical movements.

Dr. Rosenblum's test for Parkinson's follows many she has developed for other illnesses and conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Depression, Alzheimer, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD), and Dysgraphia.


Signs of Parkinson's Disease

The ComPET brand name stands for Computerized Penmanship Evaluation Tool and it analyzes a patient's handwriting as he completes assigned tasks requiring cognitive skills.

According the U.S. patent application, Rosenblum's tests analyze:

"...total length of writing on paper, stroke height, stroke width, stroke length, speed of writing, acceleration of writing, length of time the writing instrument stays in the air, length of time the writing instrument stays in on paper, the trajectory of the writing instrument in the air, pen tilt, azimuth, coefficient of variance, peak velocity, the pressure applied while writing or any combination thereof."

Specific variances from the normal, control group, in any of these attributes of handwriting are signs of Parkinson's disease.

The test uses a writing pen equipped with sensors and the patient writes on a special electronic tablet positioned under ordinary paper. The analysis is computer-generated.

Sample ComPET Test Illustration from U.S. Patent Filing
Sample ComPET Test Illustration from U.S. Patent Filing
Automatic Test Analysis Sample
Automatic Test Analysis Sample | Source
Dr. Ilana Schlesinger
Dr. Ilana Schlesinger

Dr. Ilana Schlesinger, head of the Center for Movement Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease at Israel's Rambam Medical Center, conducted research using the ComPET test. The findings were published in the Journal of the European Neurological Society in September, 2013.

“This study is a breakthrough toward an objective diagnosis of the disease,” she says.

"We try to make the diagnosis nowadays by touching the patient, seeing if they are rigid, experiencing a tremor, if they are slow. We don't have a diagnostic tool. We don't have a blood test. We don't have tools in order to diagnose the disease. So, now we have a tool that maybe we can diagnose the patients earlier and start treating them before they have the major symptoms. It's very important to diagnose this disease early."


Parkinson's Disease Treatment Guide for Physicians
Parkinson's Disease Treatment Guide for Physicians

This 400-page guide covers all treatments and every Parkinson's patient should have this reference. Click to look inside contents.

 

Parkinson's Disease Treatment

The test accurately measures hand movement symptoms years before tremors begin. Parkinson's disease treatment can begin immediately upon receiving the test results.

Early treatment can greatly extend a patient's quality of life in the short-term and in the long-term.

"The symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) are very treatable. This is a condition where the physician can make a huge difference in the lives of patients. Although not all symptoms can be adequately controlled, optimum medical treatment can often keep PD patients in the mainstreams of their lives for many years."

– Dr. J. Erie Ahlskog, Ph.D., M.D., is the author of the book featured at the right and has treated Parkinson's patients for more than 25 years at the Mayo Clinic.

Parkinson's Disease Medical Italian Charm Bracelet
Parkinson's Disease Medical Italian Charm Bracelet

If you or someone you know has Parkinson's, this medical ID bracelet can insure proper treatment in an emergency.

 
Cognitive Impairment with Parkinson's
Cognitive Impairment with Parkinson's

With early diagnosis, a patient can also improve his future prognosis with immediate changes in diet, lifestyle and environment.

He can be cautioned about substances to avoid, including medications for other conditions which might adversely affect Parkinson's.

He can be prepared to experience other symptoms and be equipped with the knowledge to properly address them. For instance, many Parkinson's patients recall a time of brain fog, confusion or unexplained depression before actual body tremors developed.

An early diagnosis will alert a patient so that he will recognize the symptoms of the disease and not try to self-medicate, which can actually make his disease worse. For example, Michael J. Fox admits to drinking too much before his tremors started. That is just one way people respond when dopamine levels diminish.

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation,

"As many as 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease"

This is more than the number of people with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig's disease – combined.

Doctor's can continually monitor the effectiveness of a patient's treatment and the progression of the disease by using the ComPET test.

Of significant importance, this test can be used to analyze the effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals under development.

Someday, hopefully, ComPET will be used to test the cure.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 17 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful information. Good to know a test that confirms Parkinson's directly rather than ruling out other diseases to confirm it and much sooner. It will help to deal with the disease better.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      The DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) does show a lot of promise for many people. But, earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's may lead one day to prevention and progression, which is the ultimate hope. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, a very useful article that I hope will help others. My hope is for the DBS program. I am lucky to live where there is plenty of research and good doctors at UF. Thanks Stella

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Susie. I'm glad your friend found a treatment to help relieve symptoms of this disease. Advancements are being made everyday and hopefully there will be major breakthroughs shortly.

      Thank you for commenting.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      One of my best friends has Parkinson's Disease. It had become impossible for her to fix her own hair and put on makeup. After being diagnosed and prescribed one little pill a day, she regained the ability to take care of her personal needs and so much more. She does still have symptoms when she has too much stress, so it is important for her to be stress-free.

      I learned a lot about this disease from your article, thank you.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Lisa. This test is definitely a game-changer, not just for diagnosis but for testing treatments leading to a cure. Also, the cost for this test is extremely low and it can be administered anywhere. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is so scary. It is hard to diagnose. Most doctors will order a MRI and MRA of the neck and if all is well, they rule out any disorders. Other diseases that you mentioned that are hard to diagnose are MS and MD. With all our technology it should not take ten years to make a diagnosis and in the mean time the brains neurons get damaged more. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Sherry,

      You may contact Dr. Rosenblum about finding a testing center in your area.

      You'll find her email address on this link:

      http://hw.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/facultystaff/fa...

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      sherry 2 years ago

      Thank you for this information. My grandmother had Parkinson's. I have a son with ADHD. He also holds his pencil very tightly and writes hard. My hubby has also been having tremors and was questioning whether he has this disease also. Hes in his 30s so i am glad we have an all natural choice. It will be easier tben trying to drag him in for tests. Where can we get the tests?

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I just looked that up on this website: nhs.uk. Try going there and typing this into the search box: Anosmia. (Look at the second article which comes up.) There was some interesting information there. Apparently this tests your sense of smell and could indicate several conditions, all of which could lead to early death.

      So, take that test (at least it's perfectly safe and not painful) and then go to your doctor for a checkup as well. For any medical condition, early detection brings the best results for treatment.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You're probably right. My test is called The Sense Identification test, and is from Sensonic International. It could be Alzheimers. It's been a while since I looked at it. Will check it out. Peace, Bro.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Manatita,

      There really isn't another test for Parkinson's Disease, which is why this discovery made headlines. Whatever you found, please don't rely on it for accuracy. If you are experiencing symptoms, consult a physician. The sooner the better!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Very interesting Hub. I have a test at home. Some kind of smelling package which I think came from America. have not used it as yet.

      Good to hear they are making progress. Peace.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hello Wednesday-Elf. Parkinson's is an insidious and disabling disease. I'm sorry that your grandfather was a victim. One of the hopes about this new test is that by identifying the onset of Parkinson's earlier, researchers will have more information to identify a possible cure. Since Parkinson's can be hereditary, I hope you and your family will find out where this test is available in your location. It's painless, inexpensive and leads the way to early treatment. Thank you for sharing your grandfather's story.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I found this article very interesting. My grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the early 1960s, long before much was known about the disease. He was a brilliant man, a mechanical engineer. The disease led to an early retirement, and advanced to the point where he could no longer write, couldn't walk unaided, and lost the ability to have understandable speech. His mind was still sharp, and he couldn't communicate. It was so frustrating for him and sad to watch his deterioration. Hopefully someday a cure will be found so that others don't have to go through this. This new test sounds like a step in the right direction.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Audrey,

      Some amazing research is being done now in Israel on Parkinson's and many new therapies are available here. People come from all over the world for treatment at the research center. Almost every month there is something in the press here about a new discovery to treat this disease. There's no cure yet, but I think there will be soon.

      I'm so sad to hear about Robin Williams. Apparently he was recently diagnosed and that might have been a factor in his decision to end his life. Michael J. Fox is living proof that one can still be productive while battling this condition.

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox - I noticed this article a while ago and was amazed at this new test for diagnosis. It's too bad it wasn't around when Michael Fox developed the disease. Janet Reno does well with her disease, and I don't know of any other famous people. A woman comes with her family to a restaurant , and she visibly shakes and doesn't talk and some of her meal must be fed to her. It's so sad. Your research is outstanding, and you covered all the bases, as usual. It is good to visit your hub. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Au Fait: Thank you for pinning this. So many people could be helped if they knew about this test. It's sad that most doctors don't know about it!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      My father suffered from Parkinson's. Early treatment is the most important thing anyone can do. So good that you have written about this to help inform people so they can act early on if need be. Pinning this to Awesome Hubpages.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      When I first heard of Michael J Fox with PARKINSON'S DISEASE I was surprised and shocked at such a young age but now I know more from you well researched hub. You created a helpful hub and most informative on this subject.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderfully interesting hub which I know is benefiting many., Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Midget38, I hope your relatives are receiving good treatment since their symptoms were diagnosed as Parkinson's. There are many new treatments and more are being developed. One new treatment is Azilect, which was developed at Israel's Technion University. It's now available in the U.S. and I hope you can find it in your country, too.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I've relatives with this condition. Difficult to deal with, indeed.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Lisa, As mentioned above, there has never been a test specifically for Parkinson's until the ComPET test. It sounds like you were diagnosed with another illness. Patients with Parkinson's, of course, can have more than one illness. Because of the inherent difficulty in diagnosing PD, I would strongly advise you to get a second opinion. Medical schools often provide free or very low-cost appointments and have some of the best doctors in the world on their teaching staffs.

      There might be a medical school closer to you, but one of the most famous ones specifically for Parkinson's is the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. See

      http://umg.umdnj.edu/public/clinical_services/prog...

      The medical school runs a hotline for people to answer questions and help with resources about Parkinson's disease. You can call them Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (732) 745-7520. Please call them! (Also, you might refer them to this article about the ComPET test.)

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      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow this article was so informative and well written. I have for over a year now been suffering from tremors. I was in the hospital last May and they did the routine tests that you mentioned. They said I did not have Parkinson's and put me on a medication. I still have these tremors if not for the medicine the tremors would be worse. When I am asleep I feel my fingers sort of stiffen up and especially my pinkie finger. Reading this I fear those doctors were wrong and the medicine they gave me to lessen the tremors might in fact be covering up the disease and making it worse. Unfortunately I have no insurance yet. Still waiting for approval through Obama care. Now I am worried that it might just be making my condition worse. Thank you for this article.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I thank you all for your comments and for contributing to this cause.

      Hi Flourish: So many of us know someone with PD; it almost seems like we are seeing an epidemic. Thank you for sharing and pinning. The more people who are aware of this test and symptoms of PD, the more people will be helped.

      Hi Marie: Researchers have found many connections to Parkinson's and the environment. One major connection is the use of pesticides (in the air and the food chain). Unfortunately for us all, we are destroying our own planet.

      Hi CraftyToTheCore: I had no idea that you were suffering from paralysis and am sorry for your experience. Tremors can be so frightening to people because it is the loss of control over one's bodily movements. That's exactly what Michael J. Fox described. Fortunately, there are treatments for tremors and Fox is an excellent example of how one can live a full, active life with a serious medical condition.

      Hi Christin53: You are so right that this disease displays different symptoms in different people. I do hope your mother is receiving the very best medical care. There are not enough specialists in this disease. Please recommend the book, Parkinson's Treatment Guide for Physicians by Dr. J. Erie Ahlskog (featured above) to doctors and to patients. This doctor is an expert in the treatment of Parkinson's and teachers other doctors.

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      Ann-Christin 3 years ago from UK

      My mother has had Parkinson's for a few years and is now at the point where she can barely walk and is struggling with speech. It effects everyone differently as she never had the tremors,it was picked up when she went to the doctor for something else and the doctor noticed the way she was walking.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is very interesting. I had tremors after I was paralyzed, so I know how debilitating they can be. It was difficult to do anything during that time. This is great news for people to be able to get diagnosed and get on with life. It's a tragic situation when doctors can't diagnose a patient and tell them they have no idea what's wrong.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Excellent coverage of a difficult subject. The photos are great. Voted Up Useful, Awesome, and Interesting.

      We, as a people, need to stop poisoning ourselves with food additives and environmental chemicals.

      Thank you for sharing the information on this important topic. Blessings!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Fabulous hub on a very important topic. This is revolutionary in terms of early detection, non-invasiveness, and low cost relative to other methods currently available. Unfortunately, I've seen the effects of Parkinson's on someone I know. Voted up +++, pinning to my Health and Medical Interest Board, and sharing this well-researched hub.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Mary: I appreciate your comment and your sharing your personal story. I'm glad you are doing well with the treatment you are receiving and I hope that research will find a cure soon. Thanks for the vote and for sharing this article.

      Hi Alicia: This new test will change the lives of many people and will diagnose early symptoms of Parkinson's. I really appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting and important information, Writer Fox. A test that can give an early diagnosis and improve life for people with Parkinson's disease would be very, very useful. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Hi Writer Fox, Thank you for bringing awareness by writing this hub. I also have Parkinson's Disease which I shared in my December article. It was not 10 years to get diagnosed, but felt like it! In reality, because I ignored so many signs, I was diagnosed in about a year, had the signs and symptoms for nearly 8 years. Michael J Fox is truly the face of Parkinson's and his celebrity and fundraising makes him the perfect person to keep research for Parkinson in the public eye.

      Well done, voted up and shared.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Suzanne for your comment and vote. It's awful that Fox had this illness ten years before he knew. Hopefully, this new test will prevent that in the future and facilitate earlier treatment and intervention.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A fascinating topic and well covered, especially with Michael J Fox and how his Parkinson's was diagnosed. Very sad for all sufferers of this disease, but thank you for the information - the sooner it is diagnosed the better the treatment outcome to help sufferers to live a bit longer. Voted up and useful.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Sparklea, I'm so glad that you shared this information with your friends. When this new test becomes commonplace, we are likely to find hundreds of millions of people have these invisible signs of Parkinson's and they will be able to receive treatment earlier. Early treatment is extremely important for patients. Thank you so much for the feedback.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Writer Fox voted WAY UP on this excellent and informative hub. THANK YOU. A close friend of mine who lives south and writes letters to me...her handwriting has become extremely small and she is having trouble writing. I suspect she may have early symptoms. I will share this hub with her. Also, another close friend has had the shaking hand and she has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Your hub has been SO helpful. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Becky: I would definitely advise that your husband seek a second opinion from a doctor who specializes in Parkinson's disease in your area. Early treatment is so very important for this illness. In your area, contact the Vanderbilt Parkinson's Disease Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Jackie: Fox's new TV series did a lot to bring Parkinson's back to the public eye. I don't know why it was cancelled either, but I hope he finds a new venue for his talents. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      My husband has all the signs of Parkinson's. He is a Vietnam vet and therefore was exposed to pesticides in large volume. They tested him and said he does not have it. I expect in about 10 years, the VA will finally get around to using this test to diagnose it. Until then, out vets have to just get along the best they can or self paying to get diagnosed.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I noticed they canceled his new series and I hope not because of the disease. It is really sad and hopefully a celebrity as loved as Michael will bring the attention and funds it takes to make a break through. You have done a really great job here. Hope many will see this. ^ and sharing.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you for your vote and for sharing, Faith Reaper. Michael J. Fox has done so much to bring public awareness of this disease and to search for a cure. We all hope he finds it.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Writer Fox, this is an excellent hub full of useful and amazing information!!! Very well written and informative. I get so sad about Michael J. Fox.

      It is so wonderful they now have a test that can confirm if one has Parkinson's Disease or not!

      Well done!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Ologsinquito. This test really is a break-through. Someday it could be part of every routine physical.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is excellent information because it offers a non-invasive way of screening, without subjecting someone to ionizing radiation. This gives people the choice of getting a jump on doing something to prevent the progression of their illness. What good is a diagnosis without a potential solution?