Parkinson’s Disease Research News

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  • Monthly Research Review – March 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 March 2019. The post is divided into seven parts based on the type of research: ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-31By Simon
  • Virtual reality could be used to treat autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s
    Virtual reality can help recalibrate time perception and sensorimotor actions. Researchers believe the technology could help in the treatment of ASD, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-03-31By Neuroscience News
  • IPDGC: The genetics of Parkinson’s
      If you just ‘read the label on the can’ you would be mistaken in thinking that the International Parkinson Disease Genomics Consortium (IPDGC) is just an international group of researchers who are interested in the genetics of Parkinson’s. The group is so much more ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-28By Simon
  • Deep Mitochondrial stimulation?
        Recently some researchers conducted an analysis of some postmortem brains from people with Parkinson’s and they discovered something rather curious. Half of the brains that they analysed came from people with Parkinson’s who had been given deep brain stimulation (or DBS) to help manage their symptoms. ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-26By Simon
  • AdoCbl + LRRK2 = modulation
      Approximately 1 person with Parkinson’s in every 100 will have a genetic variation in a specific section of their DNA that is referred to as LRRK2 – pronounced ‘lark 2’. The variation results in changes to the activity of the LRRK2 protein, and these ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-22By Simon
  • Do people with Parkinson’s disease smell different?
    With the help of a 'super smeller,' researchers conclude that those with Parkinson's disease smell subtly different. The results may aid earlier diagnosis. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-03-21
  • The Joy of discovery: On the smell of Parkinson’s
      Today saw the publication of one of my favourite stories of Parkinson’s research. It is a tale of courage, serendipity, hard work, and (most importantly) an idea for a research project that came from the Parkinson’s community, but has now opened new doors for ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-20By Simon
  • Sniffing out Parkinson’s disease
    Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to progressive brain cell death and extensive loss of motor function. Despite much research being conducted on this disease, there are no definitive diagnostic tests currently available. Now, researchers report the identification of compounds that make up the signature odor of the disease with the help an individual who can detect Parkinson's ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Sensor created to detect dopamine, brain disorders, in seconds
    Using nanotechnology, researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson's, depression and some cancers. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-03-19
  • The robots that dementia caregivers want: Robots for joy, robots for sorrow
    Working with caregivers, researchers have identified a number of characteristics required for robots to support both dementia patients and those who provide supportive care. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-03-18By Neuroscience News
  • Periodontitis may raise the risk for developing dementia
    People with chronic periodontitis have a 6% increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-03-15By Neuroscience News
  • Manganese and Parkinson’s: Mechanism may explain link
    New research discovers a mechanism that may explain why exposure to manganese induces Parkinson's symptoms. The findings may aid diagnosis and treatment. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Serotonin Can Directly Regulate Gene Expression Inside Brain Cells
    Serotonin can chemically attach to histone proteins in the cell nucleus to help regulate gene expression. The findings may provide a better understanding of an array of psychological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-03-14By Neuroscience News
  • Researchers Explore Link Between Metal Exposure and Parkinson’s Symptoms
    Chronic exposure to manganese, as experienced by some working as industrial welders, has been linked to the onset of Parkinson's like symptoms. Researchers report manganese exposure can cause misfolded alpha-synuclein, a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2019-03-13By Neuroscience News
  • Metal exposure and Parkinson’s symptoms: Link explored
    A new study describes the biological process that causes Parkinson's-like symptoms to develop following exposure to the metal manganese. The new research could lead to earlier detection of Parkinson's disease and better outcomes for patients. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Parkinson’s: Study reveals how cancer drug reduces toxic protein in brain
    An analysis of trial results reveals the mechanism through which the cancer drug nilotinib increases brain dopamine in people with Parkinson's disease. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Parkinson’s treatment delivers a power-up to brain cell ‘batteries’
    Scientists have gained clues into how a Parkinson's disease treatment, called deep brain stimulation, helps tackle symptoms. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Neu-Ro-Mela-Nin
      Recently a really interesting research report was published that presented several rather amazing findings. The researchers forced dopamine-producing cells in a rodent brain to start making a protein called neuromelanin and by doing this, they witnessed the occurence of Parkinson’s-like features (motor issues, Lewy ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-12By Simon
  • Iron measurements with MRI reveal stroke’s impact on brain
    A simple MRI method that measures iron content can provide a more comprehensive picture of the consequences of stroke-related damage to the brain, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings point to a role for MRI brain iron measurements in monitoring recovery from stroke. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2019-03-12
  • The Eve of Parkinson’s
      Approximately 40% of the people affected by Parkinson’s are female. This number can vary across regions, but women still make up a large portion of the affected community. That said, there is unfortunately very little research investigating women’s issues in Parkinson’s. There are now ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-08By Simon
  • We need to talk about the UPDRS
      “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have” – Vince Lombardi The measuring of Parkinson’s is complicated. There is such enormous variability between individual cases that the task of assessing people is very difficult. The primary method that is used ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2019-03-06By Simon
  • This sleep disorder puts people at ‘very high risk’ of Parkinson’s
    A large study found that those who experience a certain sleep disorder are also at high risk of Parkinson's disease, but this knowledge can aid prevention. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-03-06
  • How does exercise impact cognitive function in Parkinson’s?
    A recent systematic review suggests that exercise improves not only motor function in people with Parkinson's disease, but also their memory. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2019-03-05
  • Exercise Can Improve Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
    PD is a slowly progressive disorder that affects movement, muscle control, and balance. While traditionally regarded as a movement disorder, it is now known to be a heterogeneous multisystem disorder – in recognition of the significant impact that non-motor symptoms have on the quality of life of individuals affected by PD. It is widely acknowledged that physical exercise improves motor ... read more
    Source: IOS PressPublished on 2019-03-04By Carmel McNamara
  • Startup tests Parkinson’s device with Michael J. Fox Foundation funding
    (University of Delaware) A Mid-Atlantic research team with roots at the University of Delaware has received a $440,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) to test a device, called VibeForward, that uses vibration therapy to reduce symptoms of freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's. ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2019-03-04
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