Category Archives: Parkinson’s Disease

Natural Molecule Can Improve Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers from the Departments of Integrative Medicine, Neurology, and Radiology, at Thomas Jefferson University have demonstrated that the natural molecule, n-acetylcysteine (NAC), with strong antioxidant effects, shows potential benefit as part of the management for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Published … Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Use in Parkinson’s Disease Associated With Mortality Risk

A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Philadelphia and Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers and suggests that antipsychotic drugs may do … Continue reading

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New Imaging Shows Brain Structures Affected by Parkinson’s Disease

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique allows scientists to see what was previously theorized – the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson’s disease. Developed at MIT a technique which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), … Continue reading

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Neurologists Tend to Underdiagnose Depression and Cognitive Problems in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) generally tend to be under-diagnosed compared to motor problems. Some studies have compared different instruments to diagnose cognitive impairment (CI) and depression in PD, but few have studied how accurate the diagnostic process is … Continue reading

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Transdermal Patch for Parkinson’s

US Food and Drug Administration has approved a rotigotine transdermal system for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS). [More…]

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Widespread Brain Atrophy Detected in Parkinson’s Disease

According to a study published in Archives of Neurology, atrophy in the hippocampus, the region of the brain known for memory formation and storage, is evident in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with cognitive impairment, including early decline known as mild … Continue reading

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Blood Test Diagnoses Parkinson’s Disease

A new research report appearing in the December issue of the FASEB Journal shows how scientists from the United Kingdom have developed a simple blood test to detect Parkinson’s disease even at the earliest stages. The test is possible because scientists found … Continue reading

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Reorganization of Motor System in Parkinson’s Disease

A study in European Neurology suggests that the human brain in Parkinson’s Disease(PD) tries to compensate for the failure of the basal ganglia motor loop by employing alternative (ipsilateral) motor pathways, indicating that a complex reorganization can also take place … Continue reading

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New Imaging Test Gives Physicians A Tool to Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

A new diagnostic imaging technique, gives physicians the first objective test to evaluate patients for Parkinsonian syndromes, such as Parkinson’s disease. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is among the first institutions in the country to offer DaTscan™, the only FDA-approved imaging agent … Continue reading

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Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Parkinson’s in Humans

A study aimed at the treatment of patients with medically refractory Parkinson’s disease (PD), showed promising phase 2 results for a therapeutic approach to determine the safety and efficacy of AAV-GAD gene transfer into the subthalamic nucleus (STN) region of … Continue reading

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