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Spinal Fluid Test May Help Diagnose Parkinson’s and Predict Dementia Risk
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

According to a new study, the levels of three different proteins found in cerebrospinal fluid, when analyzed together, may be useful in diagnosing Parkinson’s disease (PD). This panel of test results also may help predict whether people with early-stage PD are likely to develop dementia. The results appear in the August 10 online edition of JAMA Neurology.

How Common is Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s?
Friday, December 4, 2015

A new study finds that cognitive impairment is a frequent and rapidly progressing symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Rapamycin Prevents Mitochondrial Dysfunction and PD Symptoms in Mouse Model
Friday, November 13, 2015

Research published September 16 in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that the drug rapamycin, an immunosuppressant drug already approved by the FDA for transplant patients, can protect brain cells and mitochondria, and ease movement symptoms in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Medication Update: FDA Says No Risk of Heart Disease with Entacapone Use in PD
Monday, October 26, 2015

Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the results of its safety review of both Carbidopa/LevodopaThe medication most commonly given to control the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, usually with carbidopa.

New Approach for GDNF as Parkinson’s Therapy
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

For two decades, the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community has followed the development of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) as a potential treatment for the disease.

Everyday Physical Activity Helps Parkinson’s Movement Symptoms
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New research finds that participating in daily physical activities such as doing the dishes and folding laundry — rather than being sedentary — may help to ease some movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Among the small group of study participants, people who moved around on a daily basis for such non-exercise activities had less severe PD motor symptoms, even when accounting for PD progression as seen on brain scans.

Algorithm Helps Scientists Identify People with Parkinson’s Disease
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Researchers have developed a new statistical model that may help to distinguish people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) from those without the disease by analyzing risk factors rather than by measuring movement symptoms. Although the model is not yet accurate enough to be used in the doctor’s office, the hope is that someday this type of approach will help to diagnose people earlier in the course of Parkinson’s disease.

Could Wearable Technology Help People With Parkinson’s?
Friday, September 25, 2015

Pedometers and activity trackers are popular among people who want to lose weight or just stay in shape. Could similar devices help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) monitor their symptoms, and receive more personalized medical care? An opinion piece published September 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association makes the case for the potential of “body-fixed sensors” to improve the lives of people with PD.

Liver Drug Studied as Potential Parkinson’s Treatment
Friday, September 11, 2015

A drug used for treating liver disease shows potential as a therapy for slowing the progression of a genetic form of Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to research published in the August 7 online edition of Neurology.

Brain “Talk” Helps Researchers Discover Circuit Underlying Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s
Thursday, September 3, 2015

In the September 2 edition of Neuron, researchers report the discovery of changes in the brain that happen in Parkinson's disease (PD) further downstream of where dopamine A chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) that regulates movement and emotions. sends its message.

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