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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 3.25.19

Monday March 25, 2019
Gene Therapy Shows Initial Promise for Parkinson’s
University of California San Francisco
A delicate operation that involved placing a gene into the brain was found to reduce the severity of motor symptoms in patients with moderately advanced Parkinson’s, whose symptoms were no longer controlled by their medications.
Sniffing out Parkinson's
Science Daily
Despite much research, there are no definitive diagnostic tests for Parkinson's currently available. Now, researchers report the identification of compounds that make up the signature odor of Parkinson's with the help an individual, Joy Milne, who can detect it through smell.
Can Imaging Genetics Analysis
Effectively Identify Depression In Parkinson's?
Neurology Advisor
"Our model combining imaging and genetics information could be applied whenever a patient undergoes new imaging and thus could be used for the early prediction of depression. If detected, [people with Parkinson's] could be directed to many non-drug therapy options,” the researchers concluded.
Is It Possible to Be Organized and Focused with Parkinson’s?
Parkinson's News Today
"I don’t make lists [anymore], but every once in a while, I try to. One thing is certain: I sure don’t feel quite so organized as I once did. I should make lists because I forget everything, or so it seems. I don’t know. I can’t remember!
When I watched my grandkids every day, I didn’t feel like this, so scattered. I didn’t have to feel so scattered. I knew what I was going to do every day. That task kept me focused."