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New Device Helps Boost Movement In Parkinson's Patients

Friday October 14, 2016

Parkinson's disease can slowly rob a person of their ability to do even the most simple, every day tasks.

But a new type of technology, FDA-approved just days ago, may change the way people live with the disease.

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Inhaled version of Parkinson's drug may help keep symptoms at bay

Wednesday October 12, 2016

An inhaled version of the Parkinson's drug levodopa can help when patients experience symptoms between doses of the pill form of the medication, a new, small study finds.

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Research uncovers a new disruption at the root of Parkinson's

Friday October 07, 2016

Leading-edge research has shown for the first time that a malfunctioning stress-coping mechanism in the brain is at the root of Parkinson’s disease. Genetic mutations that cause Parkinson’s disease can prevent synapses – the junctions between neurons where electrical signals are transmitted – from coping with the stress of intense brain activity. This damages the synapses, which in turn disrupts the transmission of brain signals. Building on these findings, the scientists hope to correct the dysfunction and find strategies to re-establish normal synaptic communication.

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ISU researchers make progress in cure for PD

Thursday October 06, 2016

Researchers at Iowa State University have found a protein in the brain that could lead to a cure for Parkinson's disease, which affects about 1 million Americans.

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Monitoring Parkinson’s Symptoms at Home

Wednesday October 05, 2016

In a paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at MIT and elsewhere describe a technique they have developed to monitor Parkinson’s disease progression as patients interact with a computer keyboard.

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How caffeine could help slow Parkinson's

Monday October 03, 2016

A number of studies have suggested caffeine has the potential to slow Parkinson's disease. Now, researchers have built on these findings, creating caffeine-based compounds that could halt the protein clumping associated with Parkinson's development.

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Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel prize in medicine

Monday October 03, 2016

A Japanese professor has won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology for his discovery of how cells break down and recycle their content, which could lead to a better understanding of a range of diseases, including cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes.

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Researchers find gap in brain's firewall against PD

Friday September 30, 2016

In a study in mice, researchers found that they could reduce the progression of the toxic aggregates of a protein known as α-synuclein that are found in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. The results suggest that another protein called lymphocyte-activation gene 3 (LAG3) plays a role in transmitting α-synuclein aggregates from one brain cell to another and could provide a possible target to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The study, published in Science, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

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Home visits help homebound patients with advanced Parkinson's

Thursday September 29, 2016

A multidisciplinary home visit program led to improved quality of life for homebound patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), a new study suggests.

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Opinion: Boxing classes serve as therapy for those with Parkinson’s

Monday September 26, 2016

When Coach Richard Wells reached out to me about a boxing class for those who had Parkinson’s disease, I was curious. I knew boxing training was a great overall workout, but how does it help people with a nervous system disorder?

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