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Managing Parkinson's Disease During Ramadan

Tuesday January 10, 2017

How to manage Muslim patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) during the month of Ramadan, when fasting is advocated between dawn and dusk — including abstinence from medications — is the subject of a new review paper.

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Chemicals in ubiquitous Mediterranean plants may hold key to delaying neurodegenerative diseases, study suggests

Monday January 09, 2017

Chemicals extracted from the prickly pear and brown seaweed, two ubiquitous Mediterranean plants, eased symptoms in organisms suffering from neurodegenerative disease, according to new research. Small molecules from the plants interfere with the build-up of sticky protein clumps rendering them less toxic to neurons. The results of the study hold promise for ground-breaking treatment of age-related diseases.

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Expert: The Latest Parkinson's Disease Therapies Will Affect Us All

Wednesday January 04, 2017

Recent developments have given scientists a more thorough understanding of various neurological disorders, which in turn have revealed insights into how our brains work.

They have also lead to novel treatments that many researchers believe will be widely available to people with Parkinson's within the next five to 10 years.

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New Parkinson's Drug May Aid Movement Difficulties

Tuesday January 03, 2017

New research suggests that people with Parkinson's disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking an experimental drug called opicapone alongside the standard medication levodopa.

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Parkinson's disease: Blocking brain enzyme corrects motor symptoms in mice

Friday December 16, 2016

New drug research shows promising results in mice bred to develop the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. A team in Finland finds that blocking an enzyme called prolyl oligopeptidase clears the mice's brains of an accumulated protein that is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, halts further brain damage, and corrects movement impairment.

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Opinion: 21st Century Cures Act is a clear victory for patients and their families

Friday December 16, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives (by a vote of 392-26) and the Senate (94–5), and now has been signed into law by the president of the United States. This represents a substantial step forward for everyone who wants to see safer and more effective medicines developed faster and more efficiently.

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Parkinson's Disease Questions Answered

Monday December 12, 2016

Last month, former US Attorney General Janet Reno passed away from complications of Parkinson disease (PD). With the condition in the news as a result, clinicians are no doubt seeing an increase in patient inquiries about the debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Medscape recently spoke with Rachel M. Dolhun, MD, vice president of medical communications at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, about the latest in understanding and managing PD.

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Early intervention may be possible for Parkinson's disease

Friday December 09, 2016

One of the largest post-mortem brain studies in the world has confirmed that a protein (LRRK2) associated with the development of Parkinson's disease is increased in the pre-symptom stages, leading researchers to believe they may be able to treat the disease sooner.

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Parkinson's disease: Stand Corrected

Thursday December 08, 2016

In a new study published online in the journal Neurology, a research team led by neurologists at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and neuropsychologists at Boston University has shown that when patients with Parkinson’s disease experience a drop in blood pressure upon standing up—a condition known as orthostatic hypotension (OH)—they exhibit significant cognitive deficits. These deficits reverse when they lie down and their blood pressure returns to normal.

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Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'

Friday December 02, 2016

Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson's disease.

Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut.

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