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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 7.22.19

Monday July 22, 2019
New Bill to Ban Paraquat, Pesticide Linked with Parkinson's
MJFox & Congresswoman Velázquez
On July 17, 2019, Representative Velázquez introduced HR 3817, the Protected Against Paraquat Act of 2019. 
Research has shown that exposure to Paraquat increases an individual’s risk of Parkinson’s disease and lowers the age of onset. HR 3817 marks Paraquat as a neurotoxin that causes Parkinson’s, prohibits further EPA registrations for Paraquat use and cancels the registration of all uses of Paraquat, revokes any exemption that allows the presence of Paraquat in or on food, and prohibits the sale and use of existing stocks of Paraquat.
You can contact your member of Congress to urge support for the billhere!
Focused Ultrasound Treats Tremors from Parkinson’s
Perry Collier was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 11 years ago, and he’s lived with the tremors associated with it ever since. A new noninvasive surgical procedure the FDA approved for Parkinson’s in December could help with tremors: the procedure focuses ultrasonic waves right at that point, to burn a tiny hole, millimeters big, in the area associated with the tremors.
The First 3D Models of Parkinson's, MS are Headed into Space
A group of brain organoids are set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday, the first to model Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis (MS) in microgravity. A team of researchers from across the country believes the models could shed light on how brain cells behave in these conditions and uncover new approaches to treat them.
The researchers hope to learn how the microglia and neurons change and interact with each other in the absence of gravity—something they can’t do on Earth.