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Low-dose lithium reduces side effects from most common treatment for Parkinson's disease

Monday July 27, 2015

Low-dose lithium reduced involuntary motor movements - the troubling side effect of the medication most commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) - in a mouse model of the condition that is diagnosed in about 60,000 Americans each year. The third in a series of studies from the Andersen lab involving PD and low-dose lithium, the results add to mounting evidence that low-doses of the psychotropic drug could benefit patients suffering from the incurable, degenerative condition.

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Parkinson's: Diabetes drug may offer clue to treatment

Wednesday July 22, 2015

A type of diabetes drug may offer a glimmer of hope in the fight against Parkinson's disease, research in the journal Plos Medicine suggests.

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Alzheimer's Drugs in the Works Might Treat Other Diseases, Too

Sunday July 19, 2015

Efforts to find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease have been disappointing so far. But there's a new generation of drugs in the works that researchers think might help not only Alzheimer's patients, but also people with Parkinson's disease and other brain disorders.

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Parkinson's disease may be treatable with antimalaria drugs

Friday July 17, 2015

There are currently no standard treatments that slow or stop Parkinson's disease - available therapies address each patient's individual symptoms. Now, a breakthrough study successfully identifies two existing antimalaria drugs that show promise in targeting disease progress.

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Virtual research studies feasible

Thursday July 16, 2015

A new pilot study in Parkinson's disease suggests a new era of clinical research which removes the barrier of distance for both scientists and volunteers. The research, which appears in the journal Digital Health, could also enable researchers to leverage the rapid growth in personal genetic testing to better diagnose, and potentially treat, a wide range of diseases.

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A family's journey with Young Onset Parkinson's disease

Sunday July 12, 2015

Diagnosed at age 48 while still living in California, Wherry was active and involved in his children's parenting. His two eldest, Carl and Jessica, now 40 and 38, grew up with a dad who was always around and doing "outdoorsy" things with them. Initially, he was the main caregiver for his then-youngest Catherine, now 23.

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Breaking News: 21st Century Cures Act Passes House!

Friday July 10, 2015

One important milestone for a historic piece of legislation has been reached. This morning the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) by a resounding vote of 344 to 77.

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Increased sleepiness may necessitate cautious PD management

Friday July 03, 2015

Many patients with early Parkinson’s disease (PD) develop excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) as their condition progresses, a study shows.

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Parkinson's and depression drugs can alter moral judgment, study shows

Thursday July 02, 2015

Common drugs for depression and Parkinson’s can sway people’s moral judgments about harming others, according to research that raises ethical questions about the use of the drugs.

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Genetic Testing: How important is it for you to get your genome tested for hereditary diseases?

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Innovations in genetics are helping scientists learn more about disease than ever thought possible. Many believe the key to treating and even curing many conditions is hiding somewhere within the human genome. The only problem is in order to study the genes associated with a specific disease, you must find a large number of carriers. This is where genetic testing programs come in.

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