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Monday November 18, 2019
Researchers Evaluate Potential of FMT,
Pre- and Probiotics to Treat Parkinson's
News-Medical
In this review, researchers from University of Groningen, Netherlands, evaluate the current state of knowledge about the potential for using fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) and pre- and probiotics to restore the normal microbial balance of the gut in of those with Parkinson's. Their findings highlight the questions that still need to be answered when it comes to Parkinson's and the gut.
Defining a New Approach to Treating Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
In a mouse model for Parkinson's, researchers were able to prevent the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells by genetically switching off the activity of the calcium (Cav2.3) channels, which had previously not been associated with Parkinson's. Further research on dopamine-producing neurons shows that signaling cascades similar to those that cause Parkinson's sensitivity in the animal models are also active in human neurons.
Why It’s So Important to Offer Support Systems
for Parkinson’s Care Partners
The Mighty
"It was an interesting group. Two young men were there with their mother and did not know where to turn for information or help. They were doing the best they could, but really did not understand what their mother needed. They came looking to learn more about Parkinson’s and how they could take better care of their mother.
In contrast, there was a retired doctor who was very knowledgeable about Parkinson’s, but was at a loss about the dementia that seemed to be coming more and more of a problem for his wife. Different issues, same solution. They all needed to find out where they could get help so that they could be better care partners."
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Appears to
Impact Risk of Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
This review shows how our understanding and appreciation of the importance of the so-called gut-brain axis, the connection between gut and the brain in Parkinson's, has developed rapidly in recent years. It also provides important new insights into the immune system and inflammation as they relate to Parkinson's.