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Outside the Lab Neurology, Point of care testing

On the Scent of a Parkinson’s Test

Accurately diagnosing Parkinson’s disease (PD), especially early-stage or presymptomatic disease, isn’t easy. No validated diagnostic test exists, and instead, clinicians must rely mainly on physical symptoms and neurological examination. But recently, a small study demonstrated the skills of a woman who diagnosed PD with 92 percent accuracy, without observing any of the study subjects. How? Surprisingly, she simply followed her nose…

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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