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Calls to scrap diagnosis of 'PD,' with one in four misdiagnosed

Sunday November 20, 2016

As many as 25 per cent of patients who are told they have Parkinson's disease actually have other degenerative brain illnesses, prompting Australian doctors to investigate more accurate ways to diagnose the illness.

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DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even extend the human lifespan.

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New understanding of brain plasticity may lead to novel treatment approaches

Wednesday November 16, 2016

A growing understanding of the highly "plastic," changeable nature of the brain—from the level of DNA, proteins, neuronal connections and networks, up to communication across brain regions—is driving the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat chronic pain, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and a variety of other disorders described in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

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PD patients benefit from physical activity

Tuesday November 15, 2016

A comprehensive review published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease confirms that people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) can benefit from being physically active, especially when it comes to improving gait and balance, and reducing risks of falls. It concludes that health professionals should be confident about prescribing physical activity to improve the health and quality of life of PD patients.

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PD stem cell therapy shows signs of safety

Monday November 14, 2016

In an early test of its therapy for Parkinson’s disease, International Stem Cell Corp. in San Diego said Monday that the stem cell-based treatment appears to be safe.

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Parsing the puzzle of Parkinson's Genetics

Thursday November 10, 2016

In the two decades since the first causative gene for Parkinson’s disease (PD) was discovered, there has been a gradual but inevitable change in the scientific understanding of PD as a hereditary disorder. Cumulative genetic discoveries have helped paint a new picture of the disease and uncover novel pathways that may finally provide an explanation for the progressive neuronal degeneration associated with PD, which remains one of the mysteries of medical science. The emerging picture is causing many in the field to rethink longstanding ideas about PD.

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When Janet Reno became the poster child for Parkinson's

Monday November 07, 2016

In trademark style, Janet Reno has gone from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Parkinson’s while in the limelight as America’s top law enforcer. By dealing with it matter-of-factly, by dismissing her tremors as a “phantom wing” — Reno has, perhaps unwittingly, emerged as Parkinson’s “poster child.”

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Music as medicine

Sunday November 06, 2016

“Music is the one activity that entirely lights up the brain,” said Carnegie. “The physical piece is rhythm – it fires the motor neurons.”

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Brain volume may help diagnose dementia with Lewy bodies

Thursday November 03, 2016

Dementia with Lewy bodies is not an easy condition to diagnose, making it difficult to treat in a timely fashion. New research measuring brain volume may be the key to recognizing this disease early on and starting medication earlier.

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Parkinson's disease: 4 big questions

Thursday October 27, 2016

The characteristic brain pathology and motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease are well established. But the details of the disease's cause and course are much murkier.

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