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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 11.5.18

Monday November 05, 2018
Road to Cell Death More Clearly Identified for Parkinson's
John's Hopkins HUB
Johns Hopkins researchers report their findings from trials with mice: they have identified the cascade of cell death events leading to the physical and intellectual degeneration associated with Parkinson's disease. Results of the study, published in Science, suggest promising new targets for drugs that could interrupt Parkinson's progression.
Focused Ultra-sound Shows Promise in Halting
Parkinson's Tremors
PBS Community Idea Stations
The University of Virginia School of Medicine offers a new, scalpel-free surgery may help people with Parkinson’s disease that has resisted other forms of treatment. UVA, which has been a pioneer in focused ultra-sound surgery, has applied it to Parkinson’s patients with severe tremors that had not responded to other treatments, and:
“Absolutely there are improvements in terms of tremor," said Scott Sperling, a clinical neuropsychologist at UVA. “Even modest improvements in their tremor control post-operatively, that can actually lead to a very significant improvement in terms of their day-to-day functioning.”
Overview: Diagnosing Parkinson's
Medical News Today
There is no official test for Parkinson's, making it difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. However, certain signs and symptoms may indicate that Parkinson's is present.
Does Your Appendix Have Anything To Do With Parkinson's? 
Forbes
"In the party that is your body, your appendix can seem like a wallflower. After all, you may not really notice your appendix until it gets inflamed. Then, it can get promptly removed. Otherwise what else does a dangling out-pouching from your large intestine really do?
Well, a study just published in Science Translational Medicine suggests the appendix may have more than meets the eye. Could microscopic findings in the appendix have something to do with the cause of Parkinson's?"