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ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson's

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson's, new research warns. What's more, among "those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs – especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] – the risk dramatically increased, to between eight- to nine-fold," ...

Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – Your eyes could provide early evidence that you're developing Parkinson's disease, a small study out of South Korea suggests. People with early Parkinson's appear to experience a thinning of their retinas, which are the light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye, the researchers reported. This study is the first to specifically link retinal thinning to ...

Scientists Trace Link Between Head Injuries and Parkinson's

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – Links between brain damage and contact sports continue to emerge, with scientists now tying repetitive head impacts to a condition that can lead to Parkinson's disease. Researchers have already tied repetitive head impacts with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia. Now, investigators who examined 694 brains after death report ties with Lewy ...

Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he's been living with Parkinson's disease for more than three years. "The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago, and I've had a full life since," he said on the CBS television show "This Morning." The 82-year-old – who starred as Hawkeye in the hit TV series M*A*S*H – said one ...

Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. "Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin D can impact positively on brain health," said study author Krystal ...

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of New Dosing Formulation and Strength for Nuplazid (pimavanserin)

Posted 30 Jun 2018 by

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 29, 2018-- Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced FDA approval of a new capsule dose formulation and a new tablet strength of Nuplazid (pimavanserin) to help in the treatment of patients living with hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. The FDA approval of a 34 mg Nuplazid capsule formulation will provide patients with t ...

Parkinson's Meds Tied to Higher Rate of Gambling, Sex Addiction Than Thought

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Compulsive gambling. Shopping until your money has run out. Eating until you've grown obese. Relentless sexual risk-taking. Medications that restore normal movement in patients with Parkinson's disease can unlock their inner demons more often than thought, a new study finds. It's long been known that the drugs can lead to impulse-control issues in some patients, said ...

Diabetes Linked to Risk for Parkinson's Disease

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Men and women with type 2 diabetes may face a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, new British research suggests. The finding of a link followed the tracking of Parkinson's diagnoses among millions of diabetic and non-diabetic patients who use the National Health Service in England. Study author Dr. Thomas Warner said that, after ...

Just One Concussion Could Raise Parkinson's Risk

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – If you've ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson's disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests. "Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury [concussion], so these findings are definitely concerning," said study author Dr. Raquel Gardner. She is an assistant professor of neurology ...

Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on Your Body Than Thought: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body's metabolism more extensively than thought. The study, of 47 adults, found that heavy coffee consumption – four to eight cups a day – altered blood levels of more than 100 metabolites. That refers to a broad range of chemicals that change after eating or ...

Clues to Parkinson's May Be Shed in Tears

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests. When people shed tears, certain proteins are released. Levels of those proteins are different in people with Parkinson's compared to those without the disease, according to a preliminary study. "We believe our research is the first to show that tears may be a reliable, ...

FDA Approves Osmolex ER (amantadine) for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Drug-Induced Extrapyramidal Reactions

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Osmotica Pharmaceutical US LLC (“Osmotica” or the “Company”), a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company developing novel central nervous system (CNS) treatments utilizing its proprietary osmotic drug delivery platform, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Osmolex ER, an amantadine extended release ...

Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Music legend Neil Diamond announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will no longer be able to perform live. "It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," Diamond said in a statement on his website. The singer, ...

Can Caffeine Levels in Blood Predict Parkinson's?

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – The way your body processes your morning cup of coffee might indicate whether or not you have Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Japanese researchers found that low levels of caffeine were more common in people with Parkinson's disease than in those without the disorder, even if they had consumed the same amount of caffeine. Parkinson's disease is a ...

Vigorous Exercise May Help Slow Parkinson's Disease

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by

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 ...

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