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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 3.4.19

Monday March 04, 2019
Small Trial Sparks New Hope Against Parkinson's
Chicago Tribune
According to British researchers and their early clinical trials, it may be possible to restore brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s and reverse a patient’s condition, something no current treatment can do.
"They cautioned the trial was small — just 41 patients — and the research is still in its early days. But the results of the approach, which delivers special 'growth factor' proteins to restore failing brain cells, are very promising."
Using Sleep Disorder to Predict Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
A McGill University study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson's progression, which will allow better candidate selection for clinical trials and more effective therapy development.
REM sleep disorder has been closely correlated with Parkinson's and related conditions such as Lewy body dementia and multiple system atrophy. To test drugs that may prevent Parkinson's from occurring, researchers need to identify people who are at high risk before it develops.
Exercise Can Improve Memory & Cognition in Parkinson's
Science Daily
International researchers conclude that all modes of exercise are associated with improved cognitive function in individuals with Parkinson's. There's still no clear picture of which exercise mode is most effective, as they may influence cognitive function differently. Aerobic exercise tended to improve memory best, but different forms of exercises such as treadmill training or stationary bike training may have different effects; both are considered aerobic exercise. Future studies are needed that directly compare the effects of different exercise modes.
Educating the Educated About Parkinson’s
Parkinson's News Today
"So, I had an appointment with the dermatologist.
After a thorough body check and five biopsies, I was free to leave. The nurse stayed back with me after the doctor left because I struggled to move. She asked when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. After I answered “2004,” she replied, “Isn’t that young for Parkinson’s?” 
Not as young as when the symptoms began 10 years before that, I wanted to answer. 
She followed that question with another. And another".