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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 2.4.19

Monday February 04, 2019
Study to Review the Impact of Environmental Factors
in Parkinson’s Development
Parkinson's News Today
“The greatest risk factors for [Parkinson’s] are likely environmental and not genetic,” Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, from Michigan State University, and Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, from the University of California Los Angeles, said in a press release. “Yet we know relatively little about environmental causes or triggers. Identifying these and defining ways to reduce their impact will be great research challenges for the coming two decades.”
Looking for DNA Changes to Measure Parkinson's
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Arizona State University (ASU) have received funding from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) to launch a multi-year, $1.7-million effort to identify blood-based biomarkers of Parkinson's disease (PD), which could improve care and accelerate new treatments for the neurodegenerative disorder, which affects nearly 1 million Americans, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed annually.
Dance Class for People with Parkinson's is 'What Our Body Needs'
Kitsap Sun
"Dr. Nancy Isenberg, a neurologist with the Virginia Mason Center for Healthy Aging, said the classes provide many benefits for people with Parkinson's, beginning with social connections. As the dancers move in tandem, accompanied by live music, they become in sync with those around them. By exploring and expanding movement in a group setting, Dance for PD participants can feel more confident in navigating their everyday worlds — walking hallways, turning corners, or traversing unexpected terrain."