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Discovering Early Screening Tools for Parkinson’s Disease

A smell test could someday be one of the tools to screen for people at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

In this latest study, recently published in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, Mayo Clinic researchers, working with collaborators at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute Brain and Body Donation program, examined the loss of the sense of smell in relation to a condition called Incidental Lewy Body Disease. Researchers found that most subjects with ILBD had a decreased sense of smell and this suggests that if they had lived longer they would have shown signs of Parkinson’s
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