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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 10.29.18

Monday October 29, 2018
Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise
UPI
This new treatment uses a virus to deliver gene therapy to a targeted area of the brain. Gene therapy affects an enzyme called AADC, which transforms levodopa into dopamine in the brain. In a study featuring fifteen people with Parkinson's, the therapy also showed a meaningful improvement in the time people spent without movement symptoms each day. And the effect appeared to be lasting, with some of the people with Parkinson's followed for as long as three years.
UAB Researchers Seek ‘Missing Link’ in Parkinson’s
Alabama NewsCenter
"There is a missing link between genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson’s disease, scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham speculate, and armed with a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, they intend to find it."
Voice Therapy Improves Speech Disorder Symptoms in Parkinson's
Neurology Advisor
Voice treatment, focusing on respiratory-laryngeal subsystem therapy, improved speech disorder symptoms in patients with Parkinson's, according to a study published in Movement Disorders.