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

Posted 38 minutes ago by Drugs.com

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 6 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 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 ...

Are Women With Parkinson's at a Disadvantage?

Posted 10 Dec 2017 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 ...

Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Blood thinners may pull double duty for people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation: New research suggests they help prevent dementia as well as stroke. Because atrial fibrillation increases the risk for stroke, people with the condition are often prescribed blood thinners (also known as anticoagulants) to prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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