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Your Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 6.29.20

Monday June 29, 2020
Mouse Model Shows Parkinson's Breakthrough
Nature via News Medical
Led by Xiang-Dong Fu, professor of cellular and molecular medicine at University of California San Diego, researchers converted one group of mice's brain cells called astrocytes into functioning dopaminergic cells, which were lost due to Parkinson's. The rewritten cells were implanted into the brain and restored the mice's abilities previously affected by Parkinson's. The global neuroscience community is hopeful that this relatively simple scientific process could one day have the same transformation in human clinical trials.
Landmark Study Finds Deep Brain Stimulation
Slows Parkinson’s Progression
New Atlas
"New data chronicling the long-term effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on early-stage Parkinson’s disease patients has found the treatment significantly slows its progression. Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center suggest, if the results are validated in a large Phase 3 trial currently underway, DBS will become the first therapy clinically proven to slow the progression of Parkinson's."
Virtual Reality in Research and Rehabilitation
of Gait and Balance in Parkinson's
Nature
Virtual reality (VR) technology has emerged as a promising tool for studying and rehabilitating gait and balance impairments in people with Parkinson's as it allows users to be engaged in an enriched and highly individualized complex environment. This Review examines the rationale and evidence for using VR in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with Parkinson's, makes recommendations for future research and discusses the use of VR in the clinic.