PARKINSON'S DISEASE NEWS
25th March 2011 - New research
CHEMOKINES IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Neuroimmunomodulation  18 (4) : 240-244
(Scalzo P, de Miranda AS, Guerra Amaral DC, de Carvalho Vilela M, Cardoso F,
20th March 2011 - New book
CELL TRANSPLANTATION FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
Thomas B. Freeman (Editor), Hakan Widner (Editor)
Publisher's description : Distinguished medical researchers from around the world review novel neural reconstructive techniques. The contributors focus on those diseases for which clinical trials are either ongoing or likely to occur in the near future. Among the topics reviewed are results and rationale for some of the leading transplant programs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, the use of PET scanning for patient evaluation, autopsy studies of transplant recipients, transplant immunology, cellular transplantation for the treatment of pain and stroke, and transplantation of myelinating cells. A full discussion of the important ethical issues surrounding the use of fetal tissue for transplantation purposes is also included. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
18th March 2011 - New research
CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS OF GENE THERAPY FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The Lancet Neurology, Early Online Publication, 17 March 2011 (P.A.LeWitt,
A.R.Rezai, M.A.Leehey, S.G. Ojemann, A.W.Flaherty, E.N.Eskandar, S.K.Kostyk,
K.Thomas, A.Sarkar, M.S.Siddiqui, S.B.Tatter, J.M.Schwalb, K.L.Poston,
J.M.Henderson, R.M.Kurlan, I. H.Richard, L.Van Meter, C.V.Sapan, M.J.During,
M.G.Kaplitt, A. Feigin)
There was a 23% reduction in symptoms in the third of patients that were treated. However, even those that were not treated at all reduced their symptoms by nearly 13%. So the actual benefit of the surgical method used was only a 10% reduction in symptoms in those that were treated. Of the adverse events experienced, the most common were headache and nausea. The study was carried out for only six months. It is normal for any artificial stimulation of a biochemical function, as occurred in this study, to eventually start reversing due to a process called feedback inhibition. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
16th March 2011 - New research
HIGH PREVALENCE OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Archives of Neurology  68 (3) : 314-319 (Evatt
ML, Delong MR, Kumari M, Auinger P, McDermott MP, Tangpricha V)
The researchers offer no explanation as to why vitamin D deficiency is so high in early Parkinson's Disease. Vitamin D is not essential for the formation of dopamine, the substance whose deficiency causes Parkinson's Disease. Vitamin D is obtained from sunshine, but can be more readily obtained in vitamin and mineral supplements, many of which include sufficient vitamin D to prevent a deficiency of vitamin D from occurring. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
IT COULD HAPPEN...A BASEBALL FANTASY
Publisher's description : Baseball fiction and fantasy at it's most unusual. Imagine finding out that you have an incurable disease. Then imagine that the medicine you are given takes you way beyond "normal." You become better at things requiring hand-eye coordination than anyone has ever been ! What would you do upon discovering this incredible ability ? Cole Anderson decides to try out for Major League Baseball. The author Lou Nagy has had Parkinson's since 1984. At that time he was only 31. Since then his life and thoughts have been consumed by this disease. It is relentless and doesn't give any breaks. He must take 20 or more well timed pills each day just to walk, talk and live any sort of life at all. Yet he still dreams like all of us do. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
9th March 2011 - New research
DIABETICS INCREASED RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Diabetes Care  Mar 4 [Epub ahead of print] (Xu
Q, Park Y, Huang X, Hollenbeck A, Blair A, Schatzkin A, Chen H.)
8th March 2011 - New research
JAPANESE SAKE TRIPLES THE RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
BMC Neurology  10 : 111 (Fukushima W, Miyake Y, Tanaka K, Sasaki S, Kiyohara C, Tsuboi Y, Yamada T, Oeda T, Miki T, Kawamura N, Sakae N, Fukuyama H, Hirota Y, Nagai M) Complete abstract
the Japanese rice wine Sake has been found to triple the likelihood of
developing Parkinson's Disease. Sake has been drunk in Japan for over a thousand
years, and is often used in ceremonies in Japan. It is now drunk all over the
world. For more
information go to
Some studies have previously found that
alcohol lessens the likelihood of Parkinson's Disease. However, the majority of
studies did not find any significant association. This study also found no
association between drinking alcohol consumption and Parkinson's Disease, apart
from the considerable effect of Sake. In order to refer to this article on its
5th March 2011 - New research
USE OF IBUPROFEN AND THE RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Neurology  Mar 2
[Epub ahead of print] (Gao X, Chen H, Schwarzschild MA, Ascherio A.)
However, Ibuprofen has never been shown to reduce Parkinson's Disease. Also, it has also not been proven that the claimed relationship between Ibuprofen and Parkinson's Disease is directly due to Ibuprofen. Long term use of Ibuprofen is also known to be able to cause serious side effects. For more information go to Ibuprofen. In previous studies, the risk of Parkinson's Disease in people taking Ibuprofen was found to be greater than in the present study at 76% complete abstract, and 85% complete abstract. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
2nd March 2011 - New resource
NEW RESOURCE FOR RECORDING PARKINSON'S DISEASE DRUGS AND SYMPTOMS
DataDriven Health Care Solutions have introduced an Internet resource MyPDLog for recording the names, times, and dosages of Parkinson's Disease medications that are taken, as well as mood and symptoms. Patients log into their account, and enter their medications, dosage times, dyskinesias, ON/OFF times, moods, and journals. Everything is automated. This means no more missed entries, inaccurate times, or bad data. It is a reliable way of collecting critical information that can be used by patients themselves, or by doctors in order to record the data of their patients. For their web site go to DataDriven Health Care Solutions. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.