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May 5, 2016

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May 5, 2016

Study Uncovers Genetic Variation That Predicted Type and Rate of Physical Decline in Patients With Parkinson's Disease

Apr. 14, 2016 — A site of genetic variation has been found that identified which patients with Parkinson's disease are more likely to have tremors versus difficulty with balance and walking. The team also found ... read more

Firefighters' Positioning System May Be Used to Monitor Walking Difficulty for Elderly

Apr. 12, 2016 — A positioning system adapted for use in fire rescue operations will soon be tested on senior citizens in Sweden as a way to spot signs of early stage Parkinson's disease and other mobility ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Accurate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, and the related disease "dementia with Lewy bodies," can be difficult in the early stages of both conditions. While brain biopsies can be ... read more

SOD-Mimetic M40403 Is Protective in Cell and Fly Models of Paraquat Toxicity: Implications for Parkinson Disease

Apr. 6, 2016 — Parkinson disease is a debilitating and incurable neurodegenerative disorder, affecting approximately 1-2% of people over sixty-five years old. Oxidative damage is considered to play a central role ... read more

Parkinson's Disease Meds Increase Risk of Compulsive Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating

Apr. 5, 2016 — Drugs commonly prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease are linked to impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling, compulsive buying, hypersexuality and binge eating in some patients, ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Chronic lack of sleep and irregular sleep-wake cycles may be risk factors of Parkinson's disease, new work suggests. In an animal model, the researchers show that disturbances in circadian ... read more

Structure of Parkinson's Protein Could Lead to New Diagnostic, Treatment Options

Mar. 28, 2016 — Chemists have identified the complex chemical structure of the protein that stacks together to form fibrils in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients. Armed with this knowledge, researchers ... read more

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Increased Mortality Among Parkinson's Disease Patients

Mar. 21, 2016 — At least half of Parkinson's disease patients experience psychosis at some point during the course of their illness, and physicians commonly prescribe antipsychotic drugs, such as quetiapine, to ... read more

Rosacea Linked to Increased Parkinson Disease Risk in Danish Population Study

Mar. 21, 2016 — Patients with rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, appeared to have increased risk of new-onset Parkinson disease compared with individuals in the general Danish population, but further ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Researchers have used a non-invasive method of observing how the process leading to Parkinson’s disease takes place at the nanoscale, and identified the point in the process at which proteins in ... read more

Final Review of Health Problems That May Be Linked to Agent Orange Exposure During Vietnam War

Mar. 10, 2016 — The latest and final in a series of congressionally mandated biennial reviews of the evidence of health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the ... read more

Toxic Byproduct of Hemoglobin Could Provide Clues for Cerebral Hemorrhage and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Mar. 7, 2016 — A novel mechanism has been found that could protect the brain from damage due to stroke and a variety of neurodegenerative conditions, including sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer’s ... read more

New Approaches for Parkinson's Treatment? Researchers Study Metabolic Changes

Mar. 2, 2016 — Researchers are studying the causes of premature aging of neurons in Parkinson’s patients with a defective DJ1 (PARK7) gene. The genetic defect causes changes in the cellular metabolism meaning ... read more

Feb. 26, 2016 — Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix are involved with testing the viability of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Alzheimer's disease, a disorder that currently has few ... read more

New Formulation of FDA-Approved Drug May Help Treat Niemann-Pick Type C Disease

Feb. 25, 2016 — Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure. NPC primarily strikes children before and during adolescence and affects one in ... read more

Regulation of Parkinson's Disease Inflammatory Responses by a MicroRNA

Feb. 24, 2016 — A small regulatory RNA called microRNA-155 appears to play a key role in the brain inflammation that helps foster Parkinson’s disease. This finding, using a mouse model, implicates microRNA-155 as ... read more

Better Visual, Video Skills Can Lead to Earlier, More Accurate Movement Disorder Diagnoses

Feb. 23, 2016 — Because there is no definitive blood test or brain scan to confirm a diagnosis of movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, neurologists rely on visual examination to diagnose and track these ... read more

Promising Respiratory Drug Focus of New Clinical Trial for Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 22, 2016 — A medication approved to treat various respiratory diseases and that has demonstrated neuroprotective effects in preclinical studies is the focus of a new clinical trial for Parkinson’s ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — New clues as to how Parkinson's spreads from cell to cell, a process which has evaded researchers for decades, have been revealed by new research. The work is the first to link the release of ... read more

Biomarker for Early Cognitive Decline in Parkinson's Disease Patients Identified

Feb. 17, 2016 — Many patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. Identifying biomarkers for cognitive impairment could be instrumental in facilitating both early ... read more

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