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Two new strategies using deep brain stimulation can improve symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Duke University researchers have found.

Doctors can efficiently improve symptoms of Parkinson's by simultaneously targeting to key brain structures using a newly developed self-adjusting device, researchers recently reported in the journal

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  • January 23, 2024
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  • 'Freezing' is a common and debilitating symptom of Parkinson's disease, with patients suddenly finding themselves unable to move their feet forward.

    Drugs, surgeries and behavioral therapies have all proven rather ineffective against freezing, but Parkinson's patients might find fresh hope from a new, more sci-fi angle, researchers say.

    A soft robotic exoskeleton appears able to hel...

    A rare genetic mutation found in 1% of people of European descent appears to cut their odds for Parkinson's disease in half, a new study finds.

    A better understanding of how this bit of DNA works might lead to better prevention and treatment of Parkinson's generally, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) said.

    “This study advances our understanding of why peop...

    Patients with Parkinson's disease call it "D-Day," the date they were told they had the incurable movement disorder.

    Now, a new study suggests they might be getting the wrong message when they get the news.

    "A lot of people say 'I'm sorry, you have Parkinson's,'" said lead author Dr. Indu Subramanian, a movement dis...

    Early research in mice could be getting closer to the roots of what causes Parkinson's disease.

    A "pathological" form of a common brain protein, alpha-synuclein, could play a role in the death of dopamine-rich brain cells, according to a team at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

    It's this steady loss of dopamine cells that's a hallmark of Parkinson's, researchers explai...

    A wireless, noninvasive device has shown promise in detecting the biomarkers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

    Researchers said the device uses electrical detection to identify proteins associated with Alzheimer's (amyloid beta and tau) and Parkinson's (alpha synuclein) in saliva and urine.

    “This portable diagnostic system would allow testing at-home and at point of care, l...

    Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.

    Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%.

    "The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not d...

    Patients with Parkinson's disease already face poorer mental and physical health, but now a new study shows they also suffer from decreased levels of hope and self-esteem due to the stigma associated with their disease.

    “There are patients who don't even disclose the disease to family members because they're afraid that the children may change their opinion of them or start making plan...

    Many Medicare patients can't get help close to home for brain and nervous system issues.

    Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare recipients in the United States live at least 50 miles from their neurologist.

    “Our study found a substantial travel burden exists for some people with neurologic conditions, including people living in areas with fewer neurologists and rural areas,” said study author <...

    As it stands, no one blood test or brain scan can definitively diagnose Parkinson's disease.

    But researchers report this may soon change if a new blood test continues to show promise.

    The test measures DNA damage in the mitochondria of cells, which is known to be higher in people with Parkinson's disease. Earlier research from the same group also showed there is an accumulation of m...

    It might not seem like constipation or difficulty swallowing could signal a neurological problem, but new research suggests that these gut conditions could be an early indicator of Parkinson's disease.

    Gastrointestinal symptoms are also thought to precede the development of cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, brain aneurysm or Alzheimer's disease. It has previously been suggested t...

    British researchers may have found a way to diagnose Parkinson's disease several years sooner.

    Researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital say that eye scans may be able to detect signs of Parkinson's up to seven years before diagnosis.

    “I continue to be amazed by what we can discover through eye scans. While we are not yet ready to predict whether an indi...

    The link between pro football and the risk for a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is well known, and now a new study suggests that football may also up the risk for Parkinson's disease, even among past high school and college players.

    “Parkinson's disease has been commonly reported in boxers, but we have not explored this link in great detail in fo...

    Every week, a group of dancers meets in Chicago. Together, they follow a series of movements under the guidance of an instructor.

    They flex, and reach, and point as Carly Liegel, community engagement program coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet, leads them through a series of movements with their arms and then th...

    People with Parkinson's disease often aren't getting the care they need for the debilitating movement disorder, a new study reports.

    Three in 10 are relying on primary care doctors to treat their disorder, and 1 in 10 aren't seeing a doc at all, analysis of Medicare data reveals.

    And fewer than 1 in 10 are seeing a neurologist specifically trained in treating Parkinson's, researcher...

    Patients recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease who have early hallucinations are at greater risk of faster mental decline, according to new research on the disease.

    These so-called "presence hallucinations," such as the strong sense that someone is behind you, watching you, but no one is there, are a frequent but brushed off and underreported symptoms in Parkinson's patients.

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    A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.

    The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and...

    Scientists say they've identified 10 pesticides that kill neurons involved in Parkinson's disease, marking a leap forward in their understanding of the movement disorder.

    Pesticide exposure has long been associated with Parkinson's, but investigators hadn't been able to pinpoint specific culprits.

    A team from the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University pai...

    Regular exercise has a long list of health benefits, and a new study suggests another one could be added: a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.

    The study, of nearly 99,000 French women, found that those who were most physically active day to day were 25% less likely to develop Parkinson's ov...

    A chemical used to degrease industrial parts that was also used as a surgical anesthetic until the 1970s may increase the risk for Parkinson's disease, researchers report.

    Their new study found that two years of heavy exposure to the liquid chemical TCE may boost Parkinson's risk by 70%.

    TCE, or trichloroethylene, lingers in the air, water and soil. It has been linked to certain can...

    An extended-release version of a Parkinson's disease drug could provide more stable relief for patients with the movement disorder, new clinical trial data show.

    The new formulation of levodopa, called IPX203, extended the duration of patients' “on time" — the amount of time the medication is working and symptoms are lessened, researchers reported this week at the American Academy of...

    Comedian Richard Lewis is the latest celebrity to reveal that he has been diagnosed with the central nervous system disorder Parkinson's disease.

    Lewis, 75, said in a

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  • It's safe to say that the debilitating loss of motor control that typifies Parkinson's disease is bound to undermine any patient's quality of life.

    But new research now suggests that race complicates the equation, with quality of life found to be worse overall among Black, Hispanic and Asian Parkinson's patients, when compared with their white peers.

    Still, study author

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  • April 6, 2023
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  • Women who have both of their ovaries removed before age 43 have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease or parkinsonism, according to a recent study.

    This may owe to the sudden loss of estrogen and other hormones, which causes an abrupt endocrine dysfunction in premenopausal women, researchers said.

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Exercise can help improve movement-related symptoms for people who have Parkinson's disease, a new review finds.

    And any type of structured exercise is better than none, researchers added. The findings were published recently in the Cochrane Reviews.

    People living in heavily polluted areas of the United States may be more vulnerable to Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

    Specifically, the culprit is a type of air pollution called fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is less than 2.5 microns in diameter and comes from car exhaust, burning of fuels in power plants and other industries, and forest and grass fires, researchers s...

    A noninvasive treatment that heats specific areas of brain tissue may ease movement symptoms in some people with Parkinson's disease, a clinical trial has found.

    The study tested the effects of an incision-free procedure called focused ultrasound ablation, where doctors use sound waves to heat and destroy sp...

    A person seeing a barely noticeable tremor in one hand could be witnessing the first signs of Parkinson's disease.

    This progressive condition affects the nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which offers information about the disease.

    While tremors are common, Parkinson's can also cause stiffness or slow movement.

    Medications can significantly impr...

    Actor Michael J. Fox details his experiences with Parkinson's disease, including turning to alcohol and pills in an attempt to cope, in a new documentary.

    Fox, 61, has had the degenerative brain disorder since 1991, but didn't disclose it publicly until 1998.

    The star — best known for the “Back to the Future” movies — said he was an alcoholic in the early days and also too...

    A recent study suggests that Parkinson's disease, in which parts of the brain are progressively damaged over many years, may actually start in the gut.

    Nearly 30% of the gut bacteria in patients with Parkinson's disease differed from those without the disease, according to the study ...

    Living in an area with easy access to parks and rivers appears to slow the progression of devastating neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    That's the conclusion of a new study based on more than a decade and a half tracking disease risk among ...

    Parkinson's disease is a much bigger problem than previously thought, particularly for aging Americans, a new study finds.

    There are about 50% more new cases of the degenerative disorder diagnosed each year in North America than currently estimated, researchers concluded after an extensive data review.

    "We used to say 60,000 people a year were getting diagnosed, but really it's 90,0...

    An experimental drug may help people with Parkinson's disease find relief from constant constipation -- a common and troublesome feature of the disease.

    In

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  • November 8, 2022
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  • Women who have both ovaries removed before menopause may have a heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease years later, a new study suggests.

    Looking at decades of data on more than 5,000 women, researchers ...

    Weight loss soon after a person is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease may be a sign that mental declines are likely to follow, new research suggests.

    "Early weight loss is a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • New research suggests you can add rugby players to the list of professional athletes who face a significantly heightened risk of brain diseases following years of intense contact play.

    “This latest work under our FIELD program of research demonstrates that risk of

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  • Researchers think they've figured out why Parkinson's disease causes a person's limbs to become so stiff that at times they can feel frozen in place.

    Using a robotic chair equipped with sensors, a research team has linked the activation of leg muscles in Parkinson's patients with a region of the brain called the

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  • Parkinson's disease can be hard for the average person to identify, but 10 warning signs may offer an early clue that you or a loved one may be developing the disease.

    The Parkinson's Foundation suggests being aware of

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  • It may not be long before highly sensitive scans might spot Parkinson's disease in its early stages, researchers report.

    A disease of the brain that is characterized by shaking hands, Parkinson's is a condition that wor...

    Nightmares can be unsettling for anyone, but new research from Britain suggests that bad dreams may signal the start of Parkinson's disease in some older adults.

    "Although it can be really beneficial to diagnose Parkins...

    Experimental stem cell replacement therapy for Parkinson's disease shows promise in rats and will soon be tested in a human clinical trial, researchers say.

    "We cannot be more excited by the opportunity to help individuals who suffer from [a] genetic form of Parkinson's disease, but the lessons learned from this trial will also directly impact patients who suffer from sporadic, or non-gen...

    Millions of people taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may get an unanticipated benefit: They may be less likely to develop movement and balance problems like those seen in Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

    The study looked at the relationship between statin use and

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  • A new study hints that heart attack survivors may have an unusual advantage over other people: a slightly lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

    Researchers found that compared with similar people who had never suffered a heart attack, survivors were 20% less likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's over the next 20 years.

    The big caveat:

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  • Two rheumatoid arthritis drugs show potential for lowering the risk of Parkinson's disease, new research shows.

    Some previous studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a lower risk of Parkinson's, and it was suggested that a class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may play a role in that reduced risk.

    To learn mor...

    Red wine may be a guilty pleasure, but new research shows it might also be a powerful weapon against the ravages of Parkinson's disease.

    Why? The antioxidants in red wine, and fruit such as berries for that matter, might slow progression of the movement disorder, a new study suggests.

    According to researchers, people with Parkinson's who eat three or more servings per week of f...

    A few hours of exercise a week may help slow Parkinson's disease, even if it's just moderate activity such as walking or gardening, a new study suggests.

    The key is to be consistent, the researchers found.

    "Although medications can provide people with Parkinson's some symptom relief, they haven't been shown to slow the progression of the disease," said study author Dr. Kazuto Tsukit...

    A defect in the blood-brain barrier may play a role in Parkinson's disease, a groundbreaking research study suggests.

    The blood-brain barrier acts as a filter to keep out toxins while still allowing the passage of nutrients to nourish the brain. This study found that in some people with Parkinson's, the b...

    Physiotherapist David Putrino was working on a vibrating glove to help deaf people experience live music when a friend mentioned that the same technology might stop tremors in people with Parkinson's disease.

    Putrino, director of rehabilitation innovation for Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, was intrigued. The friend's father had Parkinson's, so they placed the new device on hi...

    Guidelines for treating movement problems in people in the early stages of Parkinson's disease have been updated.

    The new treatment recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) focus on dopaminergic medications, which increase dopamine levels or mimic dopamine effects. Parkinson's is a movement disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain fail to produce enough dopam...

    An experimental gene therapy to boost the effectiveness of the Parkinson's drug levodopa yielded promising results in mice, researchers report.

    As the loss of dopamine-releasing neurons advances in late-stage Parkinson's, levodopa is less able to ease movement problems caused by the disease, which is a progressive disorder of the nervous system.

    But a Northwestern University team fo...

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