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Monday September 30, 2019
Scientists Find Potential Diagnostic Tool,
Treatment For Parkinson’s
Science Blog
“We’ve identified a molecular marker that could allow doctors to diagnose Parkinson’s accurately, early and in a clinically practical way,” said Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. “This marker could be used to assess drug candidates’ capacity to counter the defect and stall the disease’s progression.”
How and Why Does Parkinson's Affect
Women and Men Differently?
Medical Xpress
There is growing evidence that Parkinson's affects women and men differently. Published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, scientists present the most recent knowledge about sex-related differences and highlight the significance of estrogens, which play an important role in the sex differences in Parkinson's.
Penn Researchers Win NIA Grant to Study Link between Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Parkinson's
News Medical & Life-Sciences
Awarded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA), the study will examine underlying genetic mechanisms that cause Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Parkinson's to progress as well as how those mechanisms are related to each other and to the cell-to-cell spread of these disease proteins.
Monitoring Parkinson’s Symptoms during Daily Life:
a Feasibility Study
Nature
A newly developed Parkinson’s monitoring system aims to measure symptoms during daily life by combining wearable sensors with an experience sampling method application:
"Twenty patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s participated in this study. During a period of two consecutive weeks, participants had to wear three wearable sensors and had to complete questionnaires at seven semi-random moments per day on their mobile phone. Wearable sensors collected objective movement data, and the questionnaires containing questions about amongst others Parkinson’s symptoms served as parallel ground truth."