Parkinson’s Disease Research News

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  • The UP Study – UDCA in Parkinson’s
      Today we received word of a new clinical trial for Parkinson’s being initiated here in the UK. This trial – named the UP study – will evaluate the safety and tolerability of a compound called Ursodeoxycholic acid (or UDCA – click here to read the press release). UDCA ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-02-04By Simon
  • Study looks for DNA changes to measure Parkinson’s disease
    (University of California - San Diego) Researchers at UC San Diego and Arizona State University have received $1.7 million in funding from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to launch a multi-year effort to identify blood-based biomarkers of Parkinson's disease, which could improve care and accelerate new treatments. ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2019-02-04
  • On your MARCKS. Get set. Go
      An important aspect of developing better remedies for Parkinson’s involves determining when and where the condition starts in the brain. What is the underlying mechanism that kicks things off and can it be therapeutically targetted? Recently, researchers from Japan have suggested that a protein called Myristoylated alanine-rich C-kinase ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-02-03By Simon
  • Are we facing a Parkinson’s pandemic?
    The authors of a recent article are suggesting that the gradual rise in Parkinson's is a pandemic. They ask why this is occurring and what can be done. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-02-03
  • Monthly Research Review – January 2019
      At the end of each month the SoPD writes a post which provides an overview of some of the major pieces of Parkinson’s-related research that were made available during January 2019. The post is divided into seven parts based on the type of research: Basic biology Disease mechanism ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-31By Simon
  • The Search for Environmental Causes of Parkinson’s Disease Moves Forward
    PD is a slowly progressive disorder that affects movement, muscle control, and balance. Despite recent success in unveiling the genetic basis of late-onset sporadic PD, genetic findings may only explain a small portion of cases and cannot be easily extended to disease prevention. “The greatest risk factors for PD are ... read more
    Source: IOS PressPublished on 2019-01-31By Carmel McNamara
  • The search for environmental causes of Parkinson’s disease moves forward
    (IOS Press) Environmental factors are widely believed to play a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease (PD), but little is known about specific environmental triggers. Writing in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, scientists review novel research hypotheses and approaches that may help better define the role of environment ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2019-01-31
  • The Australian Parkinson’s Mission
      At 9am on the 30th January, 2019, the Australian Government Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the initiation of the ‘Australian Parkinson’s Mission‘ – a very massive $30 million clinical trial programme that will be focused on potentially disease modifying treatments for Parkinson’s. This huge endeavour will being ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-30By Simon
  • Evidence of Impending Parkinson’s Disease Pandemic Identified
    A new study reveals demography and the by products of industrialization are contributing to an impending Parkinson's disease pandemic. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-29By Neuroscience News
  • Emerging evidence of an impending Parkinson’s disease pandemic identified
    For most of human history Parkinson's disease (PD) has been a rare disorder. However, demography and the by-products of industrialization a now contributing to an impending a Parkinson's pandemic, according to experts. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-01-29
  • Emerging Evidence of an Impending Parkinson’s Disease Pandemic Identified
    Neurological disorders are now the leading cause of disability globally, and the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world is PD, a slowly progressive disorder that affects movement, muscle control, and balance. In 1855, forty years after Dr. James Parkinson first described the condition, approximately 22 people of 15 million ... read more
    Source: IOS PressPublished on 2019-01-29By Carmel McNamara
  • Emerging evidence of an impending Parkinson’s disease pandemic identified
    (IOS Press) For most of human history Parkinson's disease (PD) has been a rare disorder. However, demography and the by-products of industrialization a now contributing to an impending a Parkinson's pandemic, according to experts writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2019-01-29
  • Does Intensive Blood Pressure Control Reduce Dementia?
    A new study reports controlling blood pressure has a measurable impact on mild cognitive impairment, a precursor of dementia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-28By Neuroscience News
  • An idea whose time has come
      The year 2018 was the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the second genetic risk factor to be associated with Parkinson’s. In 1998, researchers reported that variations in a region of DNA called PARKIN were associated with an early onset form of the condition. Early onset PARKIN-associated Parkinson’s, ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-26By Simon
  • How Sleep Deprivation Affects Our Genes
    Study reveals sleep deprivation is associated with lower DNA repair gene expression and more breaks in DNA. The damage to DNA may explain the increased risk of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases in those who are sleep deprived. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-25By Neuroscience News
  • Exciting Exenatide Exosomes
      Recent analysis of blood samples collected during the Phase II clinical trial of Exenatide in Parkinson’s has uncovered a very interesting finding that could have major implications for not only Parkinson’s, but for many different neurological conditions. Exenatide is a treatment that helps to control glucose levels in ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-24By Simon
  • Teaching human cells to clean house to delay aging and fight neurodegeneration
    Researchers have unlocked a key process in all human cells that contributes to diseases like cancer and neurodegenerative diseases as well as aging. The discovery reveals how cells efficiently get rid of cellular junk, which when it accumulates, can trigger death and the health problems associated with getting older. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-01-24
  • Placebo. Nocebo. Gene-cebo?
      In previous posts, we have discussed some of the potential benefits of knowing your genetic status with regards to Parkinson’s. For example, knowing if you have a certain genetic risk factor could make eligible for taking part in a particular clinical trial. There may, however, also be some ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-22By Simon
  • It May Be Possible to Restore Memory Function in Alzheimer’s
    Researches use an epigenetic approach to correct synaptic dysfunction in the brain associated with memory loss. The findings could help to restore memory function in those with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-22By Neuroscience News
  • Signs of Memory Problems May Instead Be Symptoms of Hearing Loss
    Researchers report signs of memory problems in old age may be a result of hearing loss and not a neurodegenerative disease. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-21By Neuroscience News
  • Unexpected Link Between Feeding and Memory Brain Areas Discovered
    A new study reveals how NCOR1/2 regulates memory involving a newly identified circuit between the lateral hypothalamus and hippocampus. Researchers believe the findings could have implications for future studies related to ASD and neurodegenerative diseases. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-21By Neuroscience News
  • Evaluating the Effects of Environmental Exposures on Neurological Disorders
    Researchers have identified a number of environmental factors, including the herbicide Linuron, as inflammation activators in neurodegenerative disorders. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-20By Neuroscience News
  • The “What would you do?” post
      In this post, I will address a question that I get asked a lot: What would you do if you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s today? Before we start, please understand that there is no secret magical silver bullet to be discussed in the following text. Such a thing ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-01-18By Simon
  • Moving More in Old Age May Protect Brain From Dementia
    According to researchers, older adults who move more than average may be better protected from dementia symptoms. The study reports physical activity helps maintain cognitive skills when there are signs of Alzheimer's pathology in the brain. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-18By Neuroscience News
  • How Gut Bacteria Affects the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
    A new study reveals how bacteria in the gut is able to metabolize levodopa into dopamine in Parkinson's patients. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-01-18By Neuroscience News
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