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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 3.18.19

Monday March 18, 2019
Study: Potential Link Between Parkinson's
And Roundup, A Widely-Used Herbicide
OPB News via Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
The popular herbicide Roundup may lead to more people having Parkinson's before they turn 75. New research conducted in some of Washington state's most productive agricultural regions reveals a strong correlation between Roundup's active ingredient, glyphosate, and Parkinson's. More research, and awareness, is necessary to more conclusively ban the household herbicide.
Manganese and Parkinson's: Mechanism May Explain Link
Medical Advisory
"New research, published in the journal Science Signaling, details the mechanism through which exposure to manganese can trigger protein misfolding in the brain — which may, in turn, lead to Parkinson's-like symptoms. The findings may enable an earlier diagnosis of the neurological condition."
Digital Management of Parkinson's: Is Technology the Future?
Neurology Advisor
In a review published online in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease,researchers in Kiel, Germany, explored current and future avenues of technologies in Parkinson's management, such as the electronic health record and wearable sensors.
Although many institutions and private practices have replaced paper-based medical records with electronic health records, there are often limitations on how these are used in clinical decision making. This is likely to change significantly within the next decade, as most “countries with established health structures will then have nationwide provision of innovative [electriconic health records] with cloud storage solutions, and most of [them] will be patient-controlled,” Dr Hansen and colleagues noted.
Parkinson’s Makes Us Role Models
Parkinson's News Today
"The rest of our lives could be spent commiserating our plight in life. We could exert precious energy complaining and expressing our discontent. Or, we could spend it being a role model for Parkinson’s. We could advocate for a cure, encourage others on their journey with this disease, and teach people about Parkinson's".