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Do Statins Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease? Some Researchers Think So

Monday June 26, 2017

Treatment with statins may accelerate the development of Parkinson’s disease in people already at risk for this disease, according to a new study by researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine. The study, “Projection of the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the coming decades: Revisited,” appeared in the journal Movement Disorders.

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A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease

Thursday June 22, 2017

Researchers have found solid evidence in support of a century old hypothesis claiming the body's own immune system plays a strong role in the development of Parkinson's disease. While it's not clear if the discovery describes a primary cause or simply makes the existing condition worse, it could point the way to new forms of early diagnosis and ways to reduce the severity of its symptoms.

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Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s disease

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Parkinson’s disease is commonly thought of as a movement disorder, but after years of living with the disease, approximately 25 percent of patients also experience deficits in cognition that impair function. A newly developed research tool may help predict a patient’s risk for developing dementia and could enable clinical trials aimed at finding treatments to prevent the cognitive effects of the disease. The research was published in Lancet Neurology and was partially funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Human Limitations Could Prevent Us From Advancing in Science. AI Could Help.

Monday June 19, 2017

Three times a day I take a drug called levodopa. I take it because my brain does not produce enough dopamine, without it my hands and feet shake and I have difficulty getting my body to do what I want it to do. These are symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and mean that many of my dopamine producing neurons have died. But, thanks to levodopa, I can feed my brain synthetic dopamine.

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Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Researchers are working to revive a radical treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment involves transplanting healthy brain cells to replace cells killed off by the disease. It's an approach that was tried decades ago and then set aside after disappointing results.

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Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

Monday June 12, 2017

Sight and hearing get all the glory, but the often overlooked and underappreciated sense of smell—or problems with it—is a subject of rapidly growing interest among scientists and clinicians who battle Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Impaired smell is one of the earliest and most common symptoms of both, and researchers hope a better understanding will improve diagnosis and help unlock some of the secrets of these incurable conditions.

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Smartphones Track Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease

Thursday June 08, 2017

Researchers are using smartphones to collect and analyze data on motor symptoms and mobility of patients with early Parkinson's disease (PD). The technology reflects how well patients with PD are functioning and might eventually be used in clinical trials to determine whether therapeutic interventions are working, Michael Lindemann, PhD, Roche Pharma Research and Early Development, Basel, Switzerland, told Medscape Medical News.

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GKC Enrolls First Patient in Personal KinetiGraph Trial as Part of NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project

Thursday June 08, 2017

Australia’s GKC (Global Kinetics Corp.) has enrolled the first of more than 400 Parkinson’s patients in its APPRISE clinical trial — a multi-center, randomized study that will determine whether the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) system is appropriate for identifying which patients need to change the clinical management of their disease.

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Low-fat dairy intake may raise Parkinson's risk

Thursday June 08, 2017

Low-fat dairy is often seen as a healthful alternative to the full-fat kind. But according to a new study, consuming higher amounts of low-fat dairy may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Patient Voices: Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday June 06, 2017

Listen to the stories of four men and women with Parkinson's Disease.

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Jun 13 - Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's
Jun 12 - Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Jun 8 - Smartphones Track Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease
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