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Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson's?

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THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 – Struggling with bipolar disorder is hard enough, but now a new study from Taiwan suggests these patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. But U.S. experts cautioned that the absolute risk of developing Parkinson's – an incurable movement disease – is still very low for those with the mood disorder. "I wasn't surprised [by the study's...

Does Removing Your Appendix Put You at Risk for Parkinson's?

Posted 17 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 – It's a connection few have probably considered, but new research suggests that having your appendix removed may up your risk for Parkinson's disease down the road. The finding follows an analysis that examined health records for roughly 62 million patients. Of these, about 488,000 had an appendectomy. Among those who had the surgery, just under 1% developed the...

MS Patients Now Pay 20 Times More for Drugs Than a Decade Ago

Posted 1 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 – Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson's can be physically taxing conditions, but new research shows they exact a huge financial toll as well. Over a 12-year period, out-of-pocket costs for Americans with these illnesses jumped, with the biggest increase seen among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Those patients paid 20 times more for their drugs in 2016 than...

As Sense of Smell Fades, Does Death Come Closer?

Posted 29 Apr 2019 by

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 – They say the nose knows, but can a loss of smell signal impending death? Possibly, researchers say. They discovered that a poor sense of smell was associated with a nearly 50% higher risk of death within the next decade for adults older than 70. While the study didn't prove cause and effect, that association is enough to make some experts wonder whether seniors' sense of...

Mind-Reading Tech Could Bring 'Synthetic Speech' to Brain-Damaged Patients

Posted 24 Apr 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 – Reading the brain waves that control a person's vocal tract might be the best way to help return a voice to people who've lost their ability to speak, a new study suggests. A brain-machine interface creates natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a "virtual" vocal tract – an anatomically detailed computer simulation that reflects the...

Health Tip: Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Posted 4 Apr 2019 by

-- Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that affects some 1 million Americans. Symptoms typically include trembling, stiffness and poor coordination. often beginning gradually on one side of the body. As the disease progresses, both sides become affected. Though there is no cure for Parkinson's, there are a variety of medicines that can treat symptoms, says MedlinePlus. For severe cases,...

Small Trial Provides New Hope Against Parkinson's Disease

Posted 2 Mar 2019 by

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 – It may be possible to restore brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease and reverse a patient's condition, something no current treatment can do, according to British researchers who conducted potentially groundbreaking clinical trials. They cautioned the trial was small – just 41 patients – and the research is still in its early days. But the results of the approach,...

Possible Parkinson's 'Pandemic' Looms: Report

Posted 19 Feb 2019 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 – The number of people living with Parkinson's disease worldwide could double in the next two decades, experts project. In a report warning of a possible Parkinson's "pandemic," researchers say the stage is set for cases to surge to 12 million or more by 2040. What's to blame? In large part, trends that are generally positive: Older age is a major risk factor for...

Good News, Bad News on Levodopa for Parkinson's Disease

Posted 24 Jan 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 – The most potent drug available for Parkinson's disease, levodopa, treats symptoms of the disease but does nothing to either ease or increase its still-mysterious underlying causes, a new clinical trial has concluded. Doctors often delay prescribing levodopa, or L-dopa, to Parkinson's patients for fear that the drug might have toxic effects that produce jerky...

FDA Approves Inbrija (levodopa inhalation powder) for Intermittent Treatment of OFF Episodes in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted 28 Dec 2018 by

ARDSLEY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE) December 21, 2018 --Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inbrija™ for intermittent treatment of OFF episodes in people with Parkinson’s disease treated with carbidopa/levodopa. OFF episodes, also known as OFF periods, are defined as the return of Parkinson’s symptoms that result from low levels of dopamine betw...

Former President George H.W. Bush Dies at 94

Posted 2 Dec 2018 by

SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2018 – The 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, died Friday night at his home in Houston at the age of 94. Bush, also the father of the 43rd President, George W. Bush, had battled numerous health issues over the past few years, including a form of Parkinson's disease, The New York Times reported. His death comes less than eight months after that of...

Parkinson's Gene Therapy Wires New Brain Circuits

Posted 28 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – An experimental gene therapy for Parkinson's disease seems to work by rewiring key areas of the brain, a new study finds. The researchers focused on 15 Parkinson's patients who, in an earlier trial, had received so-called GAD gene therapy. GAD is an enzyme that spurs the production of a brain chemical involved in movement control. In the previous trial, patients had...

Parkinson's Patients Can Have a Normal Life Span

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – If thinking skills aren't affected, a person with Parkinson's disease can live a normal life span, a new study suggests. "This is good news for many people with Parkinson's and their families," study author Dr. David Backstrom, from Umea University in Sweden, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. Parkinson's is a progressive nervous system...

Could the Appendix Play a Key Role in Parkinson's Disease?

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests that removing it may lower the risk for Parkinson's disease. The finding follows an analysis that examined how appendix removal surgery (appendectomy) affected Parkinson's risk among 1.6 million Swedish residents....

Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – A new gene therapy might help improve motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease who aren't responding to other therapies, an early study has found. "This is not a cure of Parkinson's disease," said James Beck, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson's Foundation. "This is a potentially good treatment for symptom control. It provides an additional way of...

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