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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 5.13.19

Monday May 13, 2019
Centogene, University of Lübeck
to Investigate Genetics of Parkinson's
Genome Web
In collaboration with the University of Lübeck in Germany, Centogene has launched a two-year study to investigate the genetic factors involved in Parkinson's. "The study — called the Rostock International Parkinson's Study, or ROPAD — will enroll around 10,000 individuals worldwide and use Centogene's CentoCard dried blood spot collection kit to identify study participants with mutations in Parkinson's disease-associated genes including LRRK2 and GBA."
How a Little Black Box is Helping People with Parkinson’s Walk
Mustang News
De Oro Devices recently created “Gaitway," a device that attaches to a cain or walker and helps with freezing of gait by producing certain sensory cues that change the intention of the brain.
"The device projects a green laser line in front of the user. This allows the brain to send signals to the legs because the intention has gone from 'step forward' to 'step over the line.'
The device also houses a speaker with a metronome. The metronome’s consistent beat has been proven to help those with trouble walking. It compliments the laser and gives the user a beat to walk to."
Vulnerable, but Not Alone
Parkinson's News Today
"Recently, I felt a level of extreme vulnerability that I don’t remember experiencing before. Potentially, this could be due to any of the following reasons:
  • I lack confidence and strength now because I have Parkinson’s disease.
  • I am old (although in my mind, I’m still 21).
  • I am a woman living alone.
  • A combination of the above.
Although, lately, I seem to blame everything on Parkinson’s — it’s a good scapegoat!"