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Your Weekly News Update for the Week of 12.9.19

Monday December 09, 2019
Study May Provide Novel Therapeutic Approach
for Huntington's, Parkinson's
MicroRNAs, short strands of genetic material, are tiny and powerful molecules that regulate many different genes simultaneously. Scientists in this study sought to identify and troubleshoot particular microRNAs for possible treatment; these microRNAs are important for regulating protein aggregates and homed in on miR-1, which is found in low levels in patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
A Scientist Grapples with Parkinson’s
Psychology Today
"So, I have been in a dilemma since August 22. I am a scientist and as such I work with 'data' all the time. I study the impact of smartphones on teens and millennials and love developing and testing models that require data. Yet, this was not a study of Parkinson's. I had Parkinson's and I felt a tug to know what to expect. But on the other hand, why not just experience and document the symptoms without biasing my observations by reading about the condition? I compromised and read a little and watched a lot."
From Depression to Parkinson's: the Healing Power of Dance
When comparing relatively long-term dance interventions (of six and 18 months) to conventional fitness training, several studies have found improvements in attention and verbal memory and neuroplasticity in healthy older adults. Researchers also found improvements in memory and cognitive function for older adults with mild cognitive impairment after a 40-week dance program.
In addition, a recent meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of dance therapy to non-dance interventions in Parkinson’s found that dance was especially beneficial for executive function, the processes that help us plan, organize and regulate our actions.
Apple Watch Could Soon Help Patients Manage Parkinson’s
International Business Times
Apple is working to add more features to future iterations of the Apple Watch. According to a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (spotted by Apple Insider), one of these features will be the ability to monitor and keep track of a person's condition in order to help treat Parkinson' disease and see if he or she is suffering from tremor symptoms.