Revolutionary blood test for people with chronic pain set to be unveiled

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Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 May 2018, 11:06AM
The test could be ready for use by GPs in under 2 years (Image / NZH)
The test could be ready for use by GPs in under 2 years (Image / NZH)

Revolutionary blood test for people with chronic pain set to be unveiled

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 May 2018, 11:06AM

A world-first blood test which has the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of people with chronic pain is being revealed at a conference in Sydney today.

The test developed by neuroscientist Mark Hutchinson identifies the intensity of chronic pain by colour bio-markers.

Professor Hutchinson says it'll mean better diagnosing of pain in babies and people with dementia, who can't communicate the extent or source of the pain.

The test could be ready for use by GPs within 18 months.

About one in five people suffer from chronic pain.