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Your Weekly News Update for the Week of 11.11.19

Monday November 11, 2019
The Pathway to Parkinson's Takes a Surprising Twist
Medical Xpress
When it comes to neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's, scientists have long focused on finding out why specific neurons die in the brains of those living with it.
"Now it turns out, they might not even be dead. Researchers at The Rockefeller University found that affected neurons in Parkinson's can shut down without fully dying. These undead neurons, the team found, release chemicals that shut down their otherwise healthy neighbors as well, leading to the stuttering and halting effects seen in Parkinson's patients."
Enzyme Discovery May Put Brakes on Parkinson’s
“Parkinson’s is like a runaway train—at present we have no way of putting the brakes on to slow it down, let alone stop it,” stated Dario Alessi, PhD, director of the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) in the School of Life Sciences. “This new enzyme we have found acts as the brakes in the pathway that causes Parkinson’s in humans.”
How My ‘Warped’ Sense of Humor
Has Helped Me With Parkinson’s
“'If one day I have to stop working, maybe I can still get a job at Home Depot doubling as the paint stirring machine?' I am not sure where I heard this joke, but it was one of the first one’s I heard after my diagnosis. Every time I repeat that joke, I get a look from people, and in that look, they are not quite sure if they should laugh or be shocked. In our darkest hours, laughter reminded us that life will go on and helped us take the next step that we needed to take."
What We Know about the Gut Microbiota in Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
In this review published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, scientists compare results of current research and provide recommendations to increase the comparability and utility of these studies with a view towards improving patient outcomes.
Commentary: Drug Price Reforms Can’t Come at Cost to Access
Everett Herald
For many of us in the NW Parkinson's community, access to the right health care is something we spend much of our time thinking about, planning for, and even dreading. NW Parkinson's Executive DirectorMelissa Tribelhorn advocates in this op-ed for such access through her work and connection with those impacted by Parkinson's.