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Your Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 12.28.20

Monday March 29, 2021
Amid Negative Side-Effects,
Parkinson's Motor Symptoms Improve
With Focused Ultrasound
New England Journal of Medicine via MedPage Today
"This randomized, sham-controlled trial showed that focused ultrasound subthalamotomy performed in one hemisphere improved the motor features of Parkinson's disease on the more affected side at 4 months," the researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.
"These adverse events in a group of relatively young patients and the lack of ability to modulate treatment over time to treat prominent tremor raise questions about the appropriate implementation of focused ultrasound-produced lesions for the treatment of Parkinson's disease."
University Research Examines Gene Editing
in Relation to Fighting Parkinson's
Telegraph Herald
"Zach Elias, a junior at the University of Dubuque, is working with Associate Professor Kelly Grussendorf to see if he can use a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter a genetic mutation that can cause Parkinson’s disease in a set of human cells.
'This specific mutation has never been worked on in this manner, so I wanted to find something that was novel in that way,' Elias said. 'It is really to show that hey, this technology is here — it’s knocking at the door.'”
Managing the Full-Time Job of Parkinson's
Parkinson's News Today
In this column, Jean Mellano addresses some of the holes that can line the boat with Parkinson's. She writes: "Parkinson’s treatment is a lifelong commitment that involves much more than just taking a pill." Read Jean's personal take on the benefits of different therapies, medications, supplements, and more.