April 6, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

April 6, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions related to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. We start by trying to make sense of the latest news reports about Vitamin B-12 and hereditary Parkinson's. The research is very preliminary, but quite interesting when considered in conjunction with other recent studies. Next we ponder why researchers are giving fruit flies jet lag; see how PD progression can be measured with standard MRI equipment; learn why yelling at clouds may be a sign of a particular non-motor symptom of PD; watch local TV news stations participate in Parkinson's Disease Awareness ...
Parkinson’s Research and Basketball Therapy for Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Research and Basketball Therapy for Parkinson’s

The University of Florida department of Advancement published an interesting article on Parkinson’s Disease at the University of Florida. The article focuses on researcher David Vaillancourt, and study participant Gary Keating, brought together by a common goal to cure Parkinson’s, and a love for the game of basketball. Both have stories to tell that involve Parkinson’s. The article “Two Jocks, One Goal: Cure Parkinson’s” is published at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/your-impact/two-jocks-one-goal-cure-parkinsons/ Vaillancourt’s story highlights: In 2014, Vaillancourt and his UF lab made history when they identified the first noninvasive imaging biomarker of PD: structural changes in the substantia nigra, a nucleus in the ...