What’s Hot in PD? Tips for Patients and Families on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dizziness, Vertigo and Parkinson’s Disease

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Dr. Michael S. Okun

Though dizziness and vertigo have been commonly reported in the setting of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the diagnosis may be missed and treatment may not be optimal. The terms dizziness and vertigo can be defined in many ways. Most experts agree that the terms refer to a sensation of spinning or whirling and that the sensation has been frequently associated with balance problems.

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Blood Test May Help Distinguish Parkinson’s from Similar Diseases

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Parkinson's Foundation

Researchers have found that people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have lower levels of a certain protein in their blood than people with similar diseases. The results suggest that testing for the protein might help doctors to accurately differentiate between PD and similar diseases early on. The study appears in the February 8 online edition of Neurology.

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Study Points Toward Diagnostic Test for Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

Using a new technology, researchers were able to detect trace amounts of toxic alpha-synuclein protein in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but not in people without PD. Furthermore, the amount of the protein increased with severity of PD. The results, published in the December 5 online edition of JAMA Neurology, suggest that the technique could be developed as a test to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s disease.

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Science News

What's Hot in PD? Hot on the Trail for a Urine Biomarker for Parkinson’s Disease

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Dr. Michael S. Okun

Previous What’s Hot blogs have addressed the promise and challenge of developing biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Several groups of researchers have been working on blood and imaging biomarkers to provide more information on Parkinson’s: diagnosis, prediction, monitoring and methods to measure progression. In this month’s What’s Hot blog, we examine a new approach that utilizes a urine sample to detect the presence of Parkinson’s disease activity.

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