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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 4.13.20

Monday April 13, 2020
UVA Researchers Make Key Discovery that Could Lead to Treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS
Nature via WDBJ7
"Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The finding also could have important implications for a wide range of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Lukens, a member of UVA’s Carter Immunology Center, cautioned that such treatments are likely a long way off, but he said a therapy based on the discovery might have widespread applications: 'Hitting this pathway in the mature brain would likely provide a treatment strategy for any neurodegenerative disease associated with DNA damage.'"
Scientists Identify Gene ATP10B as Novel Risk for Parkinson's
Acta Neuropathologica 2020 via Medical Xpress
The identification of Parkinson's genes and mutations contributed substantially to our understanding of the underlying mechanisms. In 5 to 15% of Parkinson's patients, genetic studies identified mutations in different genes that explained the segregation of in Parkinson's families between generations; new research finds ATP10B in a pattern and as an opportunity for therapeutic intervention.
Aspen Neuroscience Raises $70M for its
Experimental Parkinson’s Treatment
"Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson's. Now, eight years later, Aspen Neuroscience, the company she founded to bring her research to market has raised $70 million in funding and is set to begin clinical trials."
Washington State DSHS Receives Supplemental Funding to Boost Benefits for Basic Food Recipients
As of the week of March 30, some Washington residents who receive Basic Food benefits will have additional funds available for March and April 2020. Congress approved extra benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household. In Washington state, this means DSHS is giving additional benefits to approximately 277,000 households. 
You can learn more about these supplemental benefits here.