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FDA Approves Medtronic DBS Therapy for Early PD
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that Medtronic deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

Potential New Drug Shows Promise for Neuroprotection
Monday, February 1, 2016

In tests on a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease (PD), an experimental drug in the early stages of development prevented damage to dopamine A chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) that regulates movement and emotions. neurons by protecting them from inflammation.

Benefits and Challenges of Dental Implants for People with Parkinson’s
Monday, February 1, 2016

Are dental implants a better option than dentures for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who have lost teeth? A recent study finds that, although people with PD can benefit from dental implants, there are pitfalls too. Implants can break if a person clenches their jaw or grinds their teeth as part of PD movement symptoms and can be costly and time-consuming to maintain.

Potential New Therapy for Reducing Levodopa “Off-time”
Sunday, January 31, 2016

According to the results of a phase III clinical trial A research study in humans that aims to test a new intervention – this could be a drug, surgery or therapy like exercise or diet guidelines – to make sure it is effective and safe., a drug called opicapone may provide a new option for reducing "

New Evidence Associates Elevated Urate with Lower Parkinson’s Risk
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A new study found that healthy men, but not women, who had higher levels of urate in their blood, had a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). These results add to mounting evidence suggesting that urate may be protective against PD or may slow PD progression very early in the course of disease, before a person develops movement symptoms, in men.

Hepatitis C May Increase Parkinson’s Risk
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A new study finds that being infected with the hepatitis C virus specifically, and not other types of hepatitis, may increase a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). The results appear in the December 23 online edition of Neurology.

New Approach to Reducing Levodopa Side Effects
Monday, December 21, 2015

Scientists have identified a new drug strategy for reducing dyskinesiasAbnormal, involuntary body movements that can appear as jerking, fidgeting, twisting and turning movements; frequently caused by dopaminergic medications to treat Parkinson’s. in Parkinson's disease (PD), while maintaining the beneficial effects of medi

Elastic Abdominal Binders May Prevent Dizziness on Standing
Monday, December 21, 2015

Wearing an elastic abdominal binder (a medical version of a girdle available in most drugstores) may help prevent low blood pressure on standing in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to research published in the November 27 online edition of Movement Disorders Clinical Practice.

Aspirin Targets a Pathway to Cell Death in Parkinson’s Disease
Monday, December 21, 2015

A new laboratory study finds that salicylic acid, the substance that gives aspirin its medicinal effects, blocks a molecular process that leads to brain cell death in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. The results appear in the November 25 edition of PLOS ONE.

Decades-Old Exposure to Pesticide-Contaminated Milk May Be Associated with Early Parkinson’s Brain Changes
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In the early 1980s the pesticide heptachlor, which was used on pineapple crops in Hawaii, made its way into the local milk supply through contaminated cattle feed. A new study shows that upon autopsy, men who lived in Hawaii and who drank a lot of milk at that time, yet did not smoke, had fewer neurons in the area of the brain where cell loss occurs in Parkinson’s disease (PD), than men who drank less milk.


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