Level 1, 110 Elizabeth St
Hobart, Tasmania

(03) 6128 3063

Research report

According to an item in a recent issue of the London Daily Telegraph, dogs could ‘sniff out’ Parkinson’s disease years before symptoms appear. It is well known that canines have a much greater olfactory sense than humans and indeed several previous studies have identified a number of human diseases including cancer which potentially could be picked up at an early stage by trained dogs. If confirmed, this work might allow PD to be diagnosed and treated at an early stage thus theoretically suppressing or delaying the onset of symptoms. However, the research has a long way to go until it is confirmed!


According to a recent small clinical trial supported by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and published in the Lancet, a commonly used diabetes drug Exenatide had ‘positive’ (beneficial) effects on the motor (movement) symptoms of PD. In particular it significantly prolonged the symptom relief provided by standard treatment. The authors of the article concluded that Exenatide “represents a major new avenue for investigation in Parkinson’s disease, and effects on everyday symptoms should be examined in longer-term trials.”


Comments are closed.


Support us in our mission to raise money to fund Parkinson's Disease research and services. Every dollar counts and the work of the Foundation allows researchers and service providers to spend more time finding a cure for the disease and helping sufferers rather than fundraising.

make a donation

Become a Volunteer


Would you like to join our team and help us raise money to help in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease?

get started
Andy Isabella Jersey  Al MacInnis Jersey