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Monday March 09, 2020
Scientists Identify New Way to Control Alpha-Synuclein,
Potential Improvement in Parkinson's Therapies
MedicalXpress
For the first time, researchers have discovered a master control region of alpha-synuclein, a protein linked to Parkinson's. Through their finding, the scientists from the University of Leeds' Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology provide a new target for the development of therapies to try and slow down or even prevent the condition.
Precision Medicine Treatments for Parkinson's Closer to Reality
Medical Xpress
Crucially, the study found that the abnormal mechanisms were still present in nerve cells transformed by Parkinson's, so promising neuroprotective compounds, or brain rescue drugs, could be tested directly in patient tissue.
"The results of this study will help scientists to understand how to develop new personalized drug therapies for neurodegenerative diseases and develop effective drugs to rescue the function of the cells affected and help the brain recover for the first time."
Using Antibodies for Parkinson's Research
News-Medical
Very recently, new studies have come to light that have looked into the possibility of developing a vaccine for Parkinson’s based on activating the immune system to target and destroy the harmful alpha-synuclein protein that accumulates in the brains of those with Parkinson's.
Neil Diamond Performs with Parkinson's
USA Today
Neil Diamond gave a surprise performance at the MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas for the 24th Annual Keeping Memory Alive Power of Love benefit. As far as life with Parkinson's, Diamond shared his outlook and update:
“Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay productive. I still have my boys. I just can’t do the traveling that I once did, but I have my wife there supporting me (and) friends,” he said.
“It does have its challenges, but I’m feeling good and I feel very positive about. I’m feeling better every day,” he added. “Just dealing with it as best I can, and just keep the music coming.”