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The Decline of Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients

Monday August 29, 2016

The proportion of nursing home residents with advanced dementia who receive a feeding tube has dropped more than 50 percent, a new national study has found.

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New test may help detect Parkinson's disease in early stages of illness

Sunday August 28, 2016

A test that can detect Parkinson's disease in the early stages of the illness has moved a step closer.

Scientists have developed a way of detecting a molecule linked to the condition in samples of spinal fluid from patients.

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Parkinson's Disease Could Be Diagnosed Through Eye Check, Mice Help Researchers In Further Study

Monday August 22, 2016

Although Parkinson's remain to be the second most common degenerative diseases in the world, experts are still struggling to find a way to detect and treat the disease. But, researchers say they now have reasons to believe that it is now possible to diagnose this illness by a simple eye test.

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Machine learning to unlock Parkinson's disease mystery

Monday August 22, 2016

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) will use machine learning to help solve the mystery of how to determine the progression of Parkinson's disease. Currently when someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease it is difficult to determine what type of Parkinson's they have or how quickly the condition will progress.

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Manufacturing Dopamine in the Brain with Gene Therapy

Monday August 22, 2016

A biotech company called Voyager Therapeutics now thinks it can extend the effects of L-Dopa by using a surprising approach: gene therapy. The company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is testing the idea in Parkinson’s patients who’ve agreed to undergo brain surgery and an injection of new DNA.

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Cognitive control plays major role in Parkinson’s Gait

Sunday August 21, 2016

A new study by Tel Aviv researchers shows the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain associated with cognitive functions, plays a major role in “Parkinson’s Gait.”

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'I've Never Felt Constrained': After Parkinson's Diagnosis, Chestnut Hill Man Turns To Drumming

Monday August 15, 2016

For many, a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease spells the end of new things and the beginning of a series of losses. But for Tony Swartz-Lloyd, of Chestnut Hill, Parkinson's disease led him to a new hobby and to focus on what he's still able to do.

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Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults

Thursday August 11, 2016

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomized controlled trial. The authors say that the intervention, which combines the physical and cognitive aspects of walking, could potentially be used in gyms, rehabilitation centers or nursing homes to improve safe walking and prevent falls in older adults or people with disorders which affect movement such as Parkinson's disease.

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New laboratory model replicates early phase of Parkinson's before onset of motor symptoms

Tuesday August 09, 2016

A new laboratory model of Parkinson's is giving scientists an inside look at what happens in the brain years before motor symptoms appear. Specifically, it demonstrates how abnormal alpha-synuclein proteins, which are strongly associated with Parkinson's, gradually spread from an area of the brain implicated in the early stages of the disease to other regions of the brain ultimately damaged by the disease.

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Marshall University Scientists Develop A New Approach For Parkinson’s Disease Therapy

Monday August 08, 2016

Last year, Dr. Elmer Price, a professor of biological sciences at Marshall University, was awarded a three-year, $350,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant funds his research into understanding neurogenesis, the process adult brains use to generate new neurons from preexisting adult neural stem cells. Price and his student researchers have now discovered a way to recruit these adult neural stem cells into regions of the brain which typically lack the ability to replenish neurons. Their findings have tremendous therapeutic potential for cases of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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Aug 29 - The Decline of Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients
Aug 28 - New test may help detect Parkinson's disease in early stages of illness
Aug 22 - Parkinson's Disease Could Be Diagnosed Through Eye Check, Mice Help Researchers In Further Study
Aug 22 - Machine learning to unlock Parkinson's disease mystery
Aug 22 - Manufacturing Dopamine in the Brain with Gene Therapy
Aug 21 - Cognitive control plays major role in Parkinson’s Gait
Aug 15 - 'I've Never Felt Constrained': After Parkinson's Diagnosis, Chestnut Hill Man Turns To Drumming
Aug 11 - Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults
Aug 9 - New laboratory model replicates early phase of Parkinson's before onset of motor symptoms
Aug 8 - Marshall University Scientists Develop A New Approach For Parkinson’s Disease Therapy
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