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Vigorous Exercise May Help Slow Parkinson's Disease

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise, new research found. "If you have Parkinson's disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms, you should exercise three times a week with your heart rate between 80 to 85 percent maximum. It is that simple," said study co-lead author Daniel Corcos. He's professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. However, a more "moderate" exercise level – under the heart rate threshold outlined in the study – was not effective in slowing the disease, the researchers said. As Corcos' team explained, medications for Parkinson's cause harmful side effects and their effectiveness declines over time, so new treatments are needed. "The earlier in the disease you ... Read more

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Are Women With Parkinson's at a Disadvantage?

Posted 1 day 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Women with Parkinson's disease appear to face a disadvantage: They're much less likely than men to have caregivers, a new study finds. That's probably because women often outlive their most likely potential caregiver – their husband, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "Care provided by family and friends to people with Parkinson's disease is an important source of support, and our findings show that women living with Parkinson's are less likely to receive this support than men," said study author Dr. Nabila Dahodwala, an associate professor of neurology. "We need strategies to improve women's access to this support," Dahodwala said in a university news release. Parkinson's disease affects 1 percent of people older than 60, with likelihood increasing with age. It affects certain nerve cells in the brain and interferes ... Read more

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Brain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson's Patients With Visual Hallucinations

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Researchers say they've discovered a possible explanation for visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease. The researchers conducted brain scans on 15 patients with visual hallucinations, 40 patients without visual hallucinations, and a control group of 15 people without Parkinson's disease. In all of the Parkinson's disease patients, numerous areas of the brain communicated less with the rest of the brain, compared to the control group, the Netherlands researchers noted. But patients with visual hallucinations had several additional brain areas with decreased connectivity with the rest of the brain, especially areas that are important in maintaining attention and processing of visual information. However, the study did not prove that this caused the hallucinations. The study was published online Sept. 27 in the journal Radiology. "Visual ... Read more

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Coffee Doesn't Help Parkinson's Motor Disorders

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Regular cups of coffee will not ease tremors and movement problems caused by Parkinson's disease, despite prior evidence that caffeine might help, a new clinical trial reports. Earlier short-term results from the same trial had shown caffeine improved the motor function of a small group of Parkinson patients, researchers said. But long-term results from the trial now show that patients received no benefit from caffeine by six to 18 months after starting therapy, said lead researcher Dr. Ronald Postuma, an associate professor of neurology at McGill University Health Center in Montreal. "Caffeine made no difference to Parkinson's," Postuma said. "You can't use it as a medication for Parkinson's." The findings will be disappointing for many Parkinson's patients who turned to coffee to help their symptoms. The first results from the caffeine trial made a big ... Read more

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Why Your Nose May Be Key to Parkinson's Risk

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Losing your sense of smell may be an early sign of an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers say that people with a poor sense of smell may have as much as a five times greater risk of developing Parkinson's. "Unlike vision or hearing impairment, a poor sense of smell often goes unrecognized," said lead researcher Dr. Honglei Chen. He is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. "Evidence suggests olfactory [sense of smell] impairment may develop years prior to the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and dementia, the so-called neurodegenerative diseases that we are yet to find a cure for," Chen said. The researchers found a strong association between smell test results and developing Parkinson's up to six years later. The association remained ... Read more

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New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – Scientists have found early hints that compounds in certain asthma drugs might be able to combat Parkinson's disease. The researchers cautioned that their findings are only a first step. Much more work is needed before they can lead to any new treatment for Parkinson's. The compounds are known as beta-2 adrenergic agonists, and they are mainly found in drugs that treat asthma and certain other lung conditions by dilating the airways. They include medications such as albuterol (ProAir, Ventolin) and metaproterenol. The new study, published Sept. 1 in Science, found that the compounds appear to dampen activity in a gene implicated in Parkinson's disease. "We think this is an exciting potential pathway to developing new treatments for Parkinson's," said senior researcher Dr. Clemens Scherzer. He's a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical ... Read more

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FDA: Serious Problems at Florida Stem Cell Clinic

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

A Florida stem cell clinic has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what the agency describes as serious problems that could pose health risks to patients. The agency said Monday that it has cited US Stem Cell Clinic, of Sunrise, for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for "significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements," including some that could affect the "sterility of their products, putting patients at risk." "Stem cell clinics that mislead vulnerable patients into believing they are being given safe, effective treatments that are in full compliance with the law are dangerously exploiting consumers and putting their health at risk," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a news release. The FDA said it recently inspected US Stem Cell Clinic and found that it was processing fat tissue into stem cells derived ... Read more

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Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Parkinson's disease patients get as much benefit from seeing a neurologist via home video conference as from seeing a local doctor in person, a new study reports. The research included nearly 200 patients who received either care from their usual doctor or their usual care plus up to four video (virtual) visits with a neurologist they had not seen before. The virtual visits were as effective as in-person visits. In both groups, quality of life, quality of care and burden on caregivers was the same, the study found. Each virtual visit saved patients an average of 169 minutes and nearly 100 miles of driving. Ninety-seven percent of patients and 86 percent of neurologists said they were satisfied with the virtual visits, and 55 percent of patients said they preferred virtual visits over in-person visits. Parkinson's disease is a motor system disorder resulting in ... Read more

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Singing May Be Good Medicine for Parkinson's Patients

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Singing? To benefit people with Parkinson's disease? It just may help, a researcher says. "We're not trying to make them better singers, but to help them strengthen the muscles that control swallowing and respiratory function," said Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. Stegemoller holds a weekly singing therapy class for Parkinson's disease patients. At each session, participants go through a series of vocal exercises and songs. Singing uses the same muscles as swallowing and breathing control, two functions affected by Parkinson's disease. Singing significantly improves this muscle activity, according to Stegemoller's research. "We work on proper breath support, posture and how we use the muscles involved with the vocal cords, which requires them to intricately coordinate good, strong muscle activity," she said ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug, Exenatide, Shows Promise Against Parkinson's

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – The diabetes drug exenatide (Byetta) may do double duty as a treatment for Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. "This is a very promising finding, as the drug holds potential to affect the course of the disease itself, and not merely the symptoms," said senior study author Tom Foltynie, from University College London's Institute of Neurology. "With existing treatments, we can relieve most of the symptoms [of Parkinson's] for some years, but the disease continues to worsen," he said in a university news release. "This is the strongest evidence we have so far that a drug could do more than provide symptom relief for Parkinson's disease." Parkinson's is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide, the researchers noted. The condition results in muscle stiffness, slowed movement, tremors, sleep disturbance and chronic fatigue. In the study, 60 ... Read more

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White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases. The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear more likely to die from these diseases than those in lower paying or less educationally demanding work. Workers in these "high socioeconomic" occupations include mathematicians, architects, engineers, lawyers and managers, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is kind of an unexpected finding," said lead author John Beard, a research officer at the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Most prior studies have focused on ... Read more

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Early Parkinson's May Prompt Vision Problems

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Changes in vision may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease, researchers report. The neurodegenerative condition is caused by the loss of neurons in several brain structures, resulting in tremors, rigidity or stiffness, along with impaired balance and coordination, the Italian researchers explained. But, "although Parkinson's disease is primarily considered a motor disorder, several studies have shown non-motor symptoms are common across all stages of the disease," said lead researcher Dr. Alessandro Arrigo. He is a resident in ophthalmology at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan. "However, these symptoms are often undiagnosed because patients are unaware of the link to the disease and, as a result, they may be undertreated," Arrigo added. Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease patients include visual changes, such as an inability to perceive ... Read more

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Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – People with Parkinson's disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer, and conversely, people with melanoma have a fourfold higher risk of getting Parkinson's, researchers report. Although doctors have known about the connection between these diseases, they still don't know why having one increases the risk of the other. "Future research should focus on identifying common genes, immune responses and environmental exposures that may link these two diseases," said study first author Dr. Lauren Dalvin, who's with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "If we can pinpoint the cause of the association between Parkinson's disease and melanoma, we will be better able to counsel patients and families about their risk of developing one disease in the setting of the other," she said in a Mayo news release. Parkinson's disease is a progressive brain ... Read more

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Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – People on cholesterol-lowering statins may have a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers said the finding doesn't prove statins are to blame. But, they added, the findings undercut the notion that statins might help protect against Parkinson's. Where does that idea come from? Past research has shown that people with high cholesterol tend to have a lower risk of Parkinson's, explained Dr. Xuemei Huang, a professor of neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. Since many of those people are treated with statins, that led to speculation that the drugs – rather than high cholesterol itself – might be protective. But so far, studies have come to mixed conclusions, according to Huang. Some have tied statins to a lower Parkinson's risk, while others have found either no connection or an increased risk. Enter ... Read more

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Does a Low-Fat Dairy Habit Boost Parkinson's Risk?

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Though you might think eating low-fat dairy foods is a healthy move, new research suggests the habit is tied to a slight rise in the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Experts who reviewed the study stressed that the findings are preliminary – the effect was a modest one and the research wasn't designed to prove cause and effect. In the study, researchers analyzed data on about 130,000 men and women, tracking their dietary habits every four years and the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's. After 25 years, more than 1,000 people developed Parkinson's, a progressive neurodegenerative illness affecting coordination and movement. Those who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day had a 34 percent higher risk of getting the disorder than those who only consumed one serving a day. Looking specifically at milk consumption, the researchers ... Read more

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