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Your Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 12.21.20

Monday December 21, 2020
Innovative Research Helping
People with Parkinson’s Communicate Better
Purdue University
SpeechVive is a behind-the-ear smart device which helps people with Parkinson’s disease speak more loudly and communicate more effectively. The SpeechVive device is based on the research of inventor and co-founder Jessica Huber at Purdue University. Clinical data over four years demonstrated SpeechVive to be effective in improving volume, articulation and speech rate in 90% of the people participating in four multisite clinical trials.
To learn more about SpeechVive, visit www.speechvive.com. During the COVID-19 global health crisis, SpeechVive has made its remote calibration software and training available free. The software and training are available to all speech-language pathologists and their patients. Recently, her SpeechVive device received a Medicare billing code, expanding access to the device.
FDA Guidance Sought for Planned Trial
of Ketamine to Treat Dyskinesia
Pharmather, University of Arizona via PNT
"Pharmather has filed a request to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine next best steps in the clinical development of ketamine to treat the levodopa-induced dyskinesia associated with Parkinson’s disease. The filing is in preparation for a proposed Phase 2 clinical study of ketamine, an FDA-approved prescription anesthetic and pain killer, in Parkinson’s patients. Those enrolled in the trial will be treated with low, or sub-anesthetic, doses of ketamine."
The Lazy Man’s Way of Writing About Parkinson’s
Parkinson's News Today
"Not too long ago, I read a comment in an online forum that relates to this topic. The reader was frustrated by a post he had read that was riddled with Parkinson’s references. The majority were made using shortcuts. I admit that I get confused by some of the abbreviations. You’d think I would have gotten used to them since my diagnosis 15 years ago, but I still find myself Googling some of them. Following are Parkinson’s words and their abbreviations, which can hopefully be helpful for future reference."