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New study could ‘drastically’ change how we understand Parkinson’s

The hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are motor symptoms that include shaking hands and slowness of movement, but specialists still do not entirely understand what causes this disease. Newly published research may now overturn prevailing notions about key Parkinson’s mechanisms. Share on PinterestMotor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease may be due to brain changes that take […]

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Cancer drug shows promise in Parkinson’s disease safety trial

Cancer drug shows promise in Parkinson’s disease safety trial

Nilotinib, a drug that regulators have approved for the treatment of leukemia, has shown promise in a small clinical trial of people with Parkinson’s disease. Share on PinterestAn approved leukemia drug holds promise for the treatment of Parkinson’s. The main purpose of the trial was to assess the repurposed drug’s safety and tolerability and how […]

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Parkinson’s: Ultrasound technology may relieve symptoms

Parkinson’s: Ultrasound technology may relieve symptoms

A new study shows that pulses of minimally invasive ultrasound waves improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease by immediately and significantly reducing tremors. Share on PinterestA new technique may help reduce tremors in Parkinson’s disease. The study involved a minimally invasive procedure that offers significant benefits over some other treatments […]

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Scientists propose new theory of Parkinson’s disease

Scientists propose new theory of Parkinson’s disease

As scientists delve deeper into the nature of Parkinson’s, the more it appears that it is highly varied, suggesting numerous subtypes. A new review proposes that Parkinson’s falls into one of two main categories, depending on whether it originates in the central nervous system (CNS) or the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Share on PinterestNew research […]

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Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

New research shows that an innovative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease has proven successful in neurons that derive from people living with the condition. Parkinson’s disease affects dopamine producing neurons, illustrated here. Dr. Dimitri Krainc, chair of neurology and director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, […]

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Looking for links between Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder

Looking for links between Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder

A new systematic review and meta-analysis ask whether bipolar disorder is associated with developing Parkinson’s disease. Although the authors conclude that there is a link, it is a tough question to unpick. A recent study examines the links between two conditions that appear at opposite ends of life. Bipolar disorder (BD), which people once called […]

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Parkinson’s disease: Scientists review male and female differences

Parkinson’s disease: Scientists review male and female differences

The risk of developing Parkinson’s disease is twice as high in males. However, the neurodegenerative condition progresses more quickly in females, who are also more likely to die prematurely because of it. Researchers have reviewed sex-based differences in Parkinson’s disease. These are some examples of the roles that biological sex plays in Parkinson’s disease and […]

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How ‘exergaming’ can help people with Parkinson’s

How ‘exergaming’ can help people with Parkinson’s

Exercise is important for helping people with Parkinson’s disease achieve better balance and mobility, but it can be hard to keep it up. A Dutch study has yielded positive results with a novel home exercise computer gaming program. New research showcases the benefits of ‘exergaming’ for people living with Parkinson’s. For people with Parkinson’s disease, […]

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Could estrogen help treat Parkinson’s?

Could estrogen help treat Parkinson’s?

Researchers already knew that men and postmenopausal women have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than premenopausal women. Now, a recent study in mice concludes that estrogen may be responsible. The authors also hope that estrogen might form the basis of future treatments. Why does Parkinson’s affect more men than women? The answer may […]