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Human mini-brains to speed up Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research

Friday February 12, 2016

Tiny human mini-brains which can think have been created by scientists to speed up cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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New Treatments, New Technologies in Parkinson Disease

Thursday February 11, 2016

Medscape recently spoke with Brian Fiske, PhD, senior vice president of research programs at the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), about the latest advances in the understanding and treatment of Parkinson disease (PD).

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Parkinson’s patients trained to respond to placebos

Wednesday February 10, 2016

The brain cells of people with Parkinson’s disease can be trained to reliably respond to placebo drugs, Italian neuroscientists report. The training wears off after 24 hours but the effect shows it may be possible to reduce the medication needed to treat Parkinson’s by interspersing real drugs with inert injections or pills, says placebo researcher Fabrizio Benedetti at the University of Turin, Italy, who led the work.

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Blog: Simple Remedies for Constipation

Monday February 08, 2016

Chronic constipation is an all-too-common problem rarely discussed in polite company and only reluctantly mentioned to doctors during checkups. Although it accounts for eight million doctor visits annually, only “a minority of those with constipation seek medical attention,” Dr. Arnold Wald, a leading expert on the problem, reports.

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Saliva may provide early test for Parkinson's disease

Friday February 05, 2016

The scientists were searching for a protein in the cells that could indicate early Parkinson's disease. They took the biopsies from one salivary gland to test for it.

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Diane Rehm, NPR host: 'Too many of us are afraid to speak about death'

Tuesday February 02, 2016

After her husband fell ill with Parkinson’s, Rehm was criticized for attending right-to-die fundraisers. Now she has written an intimate memoir about his death

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A better model for Parkinson's disease

Monday February 01, 2016

Scientists at EPFL solve a longstanding problem with modeling Parkinson's disease in animals. Using newfound insights, they improve both cell and animal models for the disease, which can propel research and drug development.

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Phone app to help spot Parkinson's disease symptoms

Sunday January 31, 2016

Up to 10 million people around the world are living with Parkinson's disease, which causes symptoms such as a shuffling walk and tremor in the hands.

But researchers in the UK hope that a phone app, which records a patient's movement and voice patterns, could help their doctor to monitor their progress more accurately.

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Dance Returns The 'Joy Of Movement' To People With Parkinson's

Monday January 25, 2016

Over the past 15 years or so, a few thousand have taken dance classes that are part of a program called Dance for PD. It began in Brooklyn and has spread throughout the country and around the world. It has also attracted the attention of scientists interested in the ways dance might ease symptoms.

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Study: No Benefit for PT in Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease (PD) didn't benefit from physiotherapy and occupational therapy, British researchers found.

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