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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. In experiments with cells and fruit flies, the drug reversed cellular damage caused by a mutation in the geneknown as LRRK2.

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.

Two Studies Examine Diabetes Drugs in PD
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two clinical studies investigating a class of type 2 diabetes drugs for Parkinson’s disease (PD) are helping scientists to better understand PD and if there are possible uses for these drugs. The studies respectively found that extended treatment with one specific drug does not improve PD symptoms, but that people who take one in the class of drugs may have a lower risk of PD.

Taiwanese Study Suggests PD Increases Risk for Most Cancers
Monday, August 17, 2015

A new study of a large sample of people living in Taiwan reports that having Parkinson’s disease (PD) increases one’s risk for later developing most types of cancer, underscoring the importance of ethnicity and environmental exposure when computing risks. The results were published online June 18 in JAMA Oncology.

New Deep Brain Stimulation Device Holds Promise for Better Therapy
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A new technique for delivering deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

Traumatic Brain Injury Late in Life Increases Parkinson’s Risk
Friday, June 5, 2015

People aged 55 and older who were treated in the hospital for traumatic brain injury were 44 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease (PD) over the next six years than those who sustained injuries, but not head injuries, according to research published in the March 28 online edition of Annals of Neurology.

New Guidelines for Treating Orthostatic Hypotension in PD
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A new study suggests updated diagnosis and treatment guidelines for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who experience orthostatic hypotension (OH), a rapid drop in blood pressure which often occurs when changing positions into an upright position (e.g., getting out of bed or standing up after sitting). The findings were published online February 12 in Movement Disorders.

Scientists Flip a “Light Switch” to See How Transplanted Dopamine Neurons Work
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With a technique that uses light to turn cell activity off and on, scientists have shown that neurons transplanted into mice with Parkinsonian symptoms can integrate into the brain and release dopamine A chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) that regulates movement and emotions..

Scientists Identify a New Parkinson’s Disease Gene
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By studying the genes of a large family in which eight members across two generations were affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD), researchers have identified a new genetic mutation that may cause PD. The results appear in the March edition of The Lancet Neurology.

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