Parkinson’s Disease Vaccine Shows Preclinical Promise

November 15th, 2018|PD articles|

Parkinson’s Disease Vaccine Shows Preclinical Promise Date: Nov 15, 2018 The biotech company United Neuroscience has developed a candidate Parkinson’s disease vaccine that targets a protein linked to the condition. The vaccine teaches the immune system to attack aggregations of alpha-synuclein. When this protein aggregates in neurons, it can lead to several neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s. In [...]

Parkinson’s and Crohn’s Disease: What’s the Connection?

March 7th, 2018|PD articles|

Parkinson’s and Crohn’s Disease: What’s the Connection? Date: March 5, 2018 New research shows a genetic correlation between Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Crohn’s, two diseases with no known cause or cure. A possible genetic link is related to mutations in the LRRK2 gene (pronounced “Lark-2”). The LRRK2 association with Parkinson’s has been under investigation for years. Researchers at [...]

Protein levels in spinal fluid correlate to posture and gait difficulty in Parkinson’s

February 21st, 2018|PD articles|

Protein levels in spinal fluid correlate to posture and gait difficulty in Parkinson's DISEASE Date: February 20, 2018 Levels of a protein found in the brain called alpha-synuclein (α-syn) are significantly lower than normal in cerebrospinal fluid collected in Parkinson's disease patients suffering from postural instability and gait difficulty, a study led by [...]

A Sweet Approach to a Treatment for PARKINSON’S DISEASE

February 8th, 2018|PD articles|

A Sweet Approach to a Treatment for PARKINSON’S DISEASE Date: February 02, 2018 A team of Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University presented their original evidence on their research with the artificial sweetener mannitol at the Drosophila Conference last year and published the results in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  The results were [...]

Measuring Caffeine Levels in Blood Might Help Diagnose Early Parkinson’s

January 11th, 2018|PD articles|

Measuring Caffeine Levels in Blood Might Help Diagnose Early Parkinson Date: January 10, 2018 Low levels of blood caffeine and its metabolites may help identify patients with early Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. The findings are consistent with caffeine’s neuroprotective effects, previously observed in neurodegenerative diseases. The study, “Serum caffeine and metabolites [...]

Intense Exercise Could Slow Parkinson’s Symptoms

December 25th, 2017|PD articles|

Intense Exercise Could Slow Parkinson’s Symptoms Date: December 21, 2017   Researchers put people with Parkinson’s on a high-intensity exercise routine. They say they noticed a slowdown in the patients’ decline in motor skills. If you want to slow the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, you might want to get on the move. And be [...]

World-first pill may stop Parkinson’s

November 9th, 2018|PD articles|

World-first pill may stop Parkinson’s A new therapy that appears to stop Parkinson’s disease “in its tracks” will begin phase-one clinical trials in humans next year. The therapy, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland – and partly under-written by the Michael J Fox Foundation – is a world first because it stops [...]

Low frequency brain stimulation improves cognition in Parkinson’s disease

December 18th, 2017|PD articles|

Low frequency brain stimulation improves cognition in Parkinson's disease Date: December 7, 2017 A multidisciplinary neuroscience study using rare, intraoperative brain recordings suggests that low frequency stimulation of a deep brain region may be able to improve cognitive function in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The study findings, published Nov. 28 online in the [...]

Women with Parkinson’s disease less likely than men to have caregivers

December 3rd, 2017|PD articles|

Women with Parkinson's disease less likely than men to have caregivers Date: December 1, 2017 Female Parkinson's disease patients are much less likely than male patients to have caregivers, despite the fact that caregivers report greater strain in caring for male patients. The findings come from a large study reported today in Neurology by researchers at [...]

Treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson’s patients

November 30th, 2017|PD articles|

Dual virtual reality/treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson's patients Therapy effective even in later stages of the disease, researchers say Date: November 28, 2017 Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University Summary: A new study suggests that a therapy that combines virtual reality and treadmill exercise dramatically lowers the incidence of falling [...]

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