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Progress for Potential Neuroprotective Therapy
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In a small clinical study, researchers in Sweden have shown that applying a growth factor (a protein that acts as a fertilizer for cells) called PDGF, or platelet-derived growth factor, directly to the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is safe and well-tolerated.

Breath Test Shows Promise for Distinguishing Parkinsonian Disorders
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A relatively simple breath test may one day be able to help diagnose Parkinson’s disease (PD) and distinguish the disease from other disorders with similar symptoms, according to a study published in the February issue of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.

Creatine Does Not Slow Parkinson’s Disease Progression
Friday, February 20, 2015

Creatine, an over-the-counter nutritional supplement, does not slow Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression, according to the results of a 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.

New Formulation of Amantadine May Help Dyskinesias
Thursday, February 19, 2015

An experimental, extended-release formulation of the drug amantadine (Symmetrel®) significantly increases “on” time When medications are working and you experience good symptom control. without troubling dyskinesiasAbn

New Study Finds Unexpected Gene Interactions in Parkinson’s
Friday, February 13, 2015

Research published in the January 7 edition of Neuron links the functions of two relatively new Parkinson’s disease (PD) genes with each other, and with the well-known alpha-synuclein A protein in the human brain that is associated with the development of Parkinson’s.

Adjusting Deep Brain Stimulation Can Ease Swallowing and Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s
Friday, February 13, 2015

In people who have had 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.

Uncovering the Brain Changes Responsible for Cognitive Decline in PD
Thursday, February 5, 2015

According to a new study, the cognitive difficulties experienced by some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may arise because of neuron Brain cell. loss in several regions of the brain.

Moderate Physical Activity Is Associated with Lower Parkinson’s Risk
Friday, January 16, 2015

A study published November 18 in Brain found that people who engaged in a medium level of daily physical activity were less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease (PD) than those who were more sedentary. 

FDA Approves DUOPA™ for Treatment of Motor Fluctuations in Advanced Parkinson’s Disease
Monday, January 12, 2015

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that DUOPA™, a gel formulation of the drug carbidopa A medication used together with levodopa to enhance its effects.

FDA Approves RYTARY™ for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that RYTARYTM, an extended release formulation of carbidopa A medication used together with levodopa to enhance its effects.

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