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Parkinson's Disease News covers all significant new research, reports, books, and resources concerning Parkinson's Disease. Articles are chosen on the basis of their medical significance or potential interest. Our overwhelming priority is the facts, regardless of whether they contradict prevailing views or vested interests. Analysis and further information are provided either to explain the background or implications, or to balance misleading claims. If you notice errors or inadequacies, or dispute what is written, or want to propose articles, please e-mail email@example.com.
5th March 2014 - New research
L-DOPA'S EFFECT ON NON-MOTOR SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
People with Parkinson's Disease have the characteristic motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease but also have a wide range of non-motor symptoms. Although L-dopa is a widely used basis for treating Parkinson's Disease, L-dopa (with carbidopa) has been found to have little effect on many of the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
When assessed, the most frequent non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease were fatigue 56%, excessive sweating 54%, insomnia 54%, akathisia (restlessness) 47%, anxiety 45%, and constipation 17%. However, after five months of taking L-dopa and carbidopa, frequencies of most of the non-motor symptoms decreased only slightly, showing that there was little significant effect of L-dopa and carbidopa.
Some non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are not improved by taking L-dopa because they are due to the side effects of Parkinson's Disease drugs. Some non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are not improved much by taking L-dopa because they are due to a combination of Parkinson's Disease and other factors that are not related to the dopamine deficiency that occurs in Parkinson's Disease. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
4th March 2014 - New research
THE EFFECT OF MILD BRAIN INJURY ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Researchers assessed all of the studies concerning the risk of Parkinson's Disease after mild traumatic brain injury. Sixty-five studies were eligible and reviewed, but only five of these with a low risk of bias were accepted as scientifically admissible.
One of the five studies showed a significant association between Mild traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's Disease. It was found to be 1.5 times more likely. However, the likelihood decreased when the time between the injury and Parkinson's Disease diagnosis was greater. The other four studies did not find any association. So the available evidence argues against a causal association between Mild traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's Disease. Although Parkinson's Disease is often claimed to be due to the loss or damage of the cells involved in Parkinson's Disease not a single study has ever shown this to be true. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
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28th February 2014 - New research
CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Diurnal fluctuations of Parkinson's Disease symptoms and a high prevalence
of sleep-wake disturbances in Parkinson Disease suggest that the circadian
rhythm is affecting these symptoms. The circadian rhythm is a roughly 24
hour cycle that regulates physiological processes by various factors such as
daylight. Secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland is largely
responsible for this regulation. For more information go to
27th February 2014 - History
EARTHWORMS AND OIL OF WINGED ANTS FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) was an English botanist, herbalist, physician and astrologer. He published books, The English Physitian (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653). The Complete Herbal contains both pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge. Among the recommendations in Complete Herbal, he suggests sage for "sinews, troubled with palsy and cramp". For centuries prior to this, Sage had also been recommended for tremor in the hands. Amongst other plant remedies Culpepper suggested for palsy and trembling were bilberries, briony (called "English mandrake"), and mistletoe. In the 1696 edition of his Pharmacopoeia Londinensis, a variety of substances were claimed to be useful in the treatment of "palsies", the "dead palsy", and "tremblings". These included "oil of winged ants" and preparations including earthworms. For more concerning the history of Parkinson's Disease go to the History of Parkinson's Disease.
12th February 2014 - New research
HEARING LOSS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Hearing loss has been found to be three times more likely in elderly people who have Parkinson's Disease. This is partly due to the increased prevalence of loss of hearing with age. However, hearing loss is still 1.77 times more likely in elderly people with Parkinson's Disease than it is in elderly people who do not have Parkinson's Disease.
Hearing is perceived in the Cochlea, in the Organ of Corti, which is the sensory organ of hearing. For more information go to Cochlea. Dopamine, whose deficiency causes Parkinson's Disease, helps to protect against noise exposure in the Cochlea    . Insufficient dopamine can therefore lead to damage that can result in loss of hearing. The cause of the increased likelihood of loss of hearing that can occur in Parkinson's Disease is therefore originally probably biochemical rather than structural. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
11th February 2014 - New book
PIONEERS OF RECOVERY : HOW PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE REVERSE THEIR SYMPTOMS
Publisher's description : Parkinsons Recovery Radio show guests often talk about how they reversed the symptoms of Parkinsons Disease. Now you can read nine of these amazing stories as they were first told on the radio show in this 2012 release of Pioneers of Recovery. Each chapter includes details on the steps that each pioneer took to make miracle of healing happen. Therapies that paved the road to recovery include : TMJ adjustments, Candida cleanses, Voice Profiling, sound therapy, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Qigong, Low Dose Naltrexone, forced exercise, Chinese medicine, supplements, diet, detoxes. You will be intrigued by how each pioneer went about reversing their symptoms Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books
8th February 2014 - New review
SKIN DISORDERS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The integumentary system is the
skin and its associated glands, including the sweat glands, the sebaceous
glands, and the
hair and nails. Those medical disorders asociated with the skin that
commonly occur in Parkinson's Disease are seborrhea, hyperhidrosis, and
23rd January 2014 - New review
IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Due to the reduced respiratory capacity, people with Parkinson's Disease are more prone to the effects of pneumonia, which occurs more commonly than expected in Parkinson's Disease, but not because of Parkinson's Disease . Consequently, pneumonia is the most common cause of death associated with Parkinson's Disease       . For more information concerning pneumonia go to Pneumonia. However, death certificates indicated that Parkinson's Disease was a substantial contributor to the cause of death in only 20% of people with Parkinson's Disease . For 80% of people there were other causes. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
19th January 2014 - New research
VISUAL DISTURBANCES IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Researchers established the prevalence of recurrent visual complaints (RVC) and recurrent visual hallucinations (RVH) in Parkinson's Disease. The most common visual disturbances were found to be : double vision (in 18% of people with Parkinson's Disease), misjudging objects when walking (in 12%), words moving whilst reading (in 17%), and freezing in narrow spaces (in 30%), which was almost exclusively found in people with Parkinson's Disease. The same was true for recurring complex visual hallucinations and illusions, which were found in 17% of people with Parkinson's Disease. Recurring visual complaints were found in 43% of people with Parkinson's Disease. Recurring visual hallucinations were found in 29% of people with Parkinson's Disease. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
13th January 2014 - New research
PROSAVIN CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 10 January 2014 (S.Palfi, J.M.Gurruchaga, G.S.Ralph, H.Lepetit, et al) Complete abstract
ProSavin uses LentiVector gene delivery technology to deliver genes they suggest are required for the formation of dopamine. The product is administered locally to the relevant region of the brain in order to increase the brain's own capacity for the formation of dopamine. For more information go to Prosavin
A clinical trial assessed the safety and efficacy of ProSavin after bilateral injection into the brains of 15 people who had Parkinson's Disease for more than 5 years. Three doses were assessed : low dose, mid dose and high dose. During the first 12 months 54 drug-related adverse events were reported (51 mild and 3 moderate). The most common adverse events were increased dyskinesias (in 11 out of 15 patients) and on-off phenomena (in 9 out of 15 patients). No serious adverse events related to the study drug or surgical procedure were reported. There was a moderate improvement in Parkinson's Disease symptom scores after 6 months and 12 months. However, in a previous study moderate improvements started declining after only 6 months. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
12th January 2014 - New book
OXFORD TEXTBOOK OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS
Publisher's description : This volume covers the basic science and clinical concepts underlying movement disorders, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of individual hypokinetic and hyperkinetic movement disorders. Written to aid understanding and treatment of a wide range of movement disorders, it includes a section covering the miscellaneous causes that are routinely encountered by neurologists. It is also supplemented with illustrative video clips that can be accessed through the concurrent online edition. Although firmly rooted in evidence-based management approaches, the authors included their own top tips and experience on the management of difficult cases where no current guidance exists. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books
8th January 2014 - New research
THE PREVALENCE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Parkinsonism Related Disorders  19 (7) : 666-669 (Y.E.Kim, W.W.Lee, J.Y.Yun, H.J.Yang, H.J.Kim, B.S. Jeon) Complete abstract
The prevalence of musculoskeletal problems was found to be significantly higher Parkinson's Disease. Around two thirds of people with Parkinson's Disease have them. Only just over a quarter of people with Parkinson's Disease answered that their musculoskeletal problems were recovering. Musculoskeletal problems also tended to receive less treatment when people had Parkinson's Disease.
Common sites of musculoskeletal problems were the lower back, shoulder and knee in that order. The lower back was the site of musculoskeletal problems in nearly half of people with Parkinson's Disease. The shoulder and knee were affected far less often. Among the past diagnoses associated with musculoskeletal problems, frozen shoulder, low back pain, osteoporosis and fracture were more common in people with Parkinson's Disease. Older age, being female, and having a higher score on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale were associated with more musculoskeletal problems. For more information go to Musculoskeletal disorders. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
7th January 2014 - New book
PARKINSON'S DISEASE : IMPROVING PATIENT CARE
Jason S.Hawley, Melissa J.Armstrong, William J.Weiner
Publisher's description : Improving Patient Care is a clinically-focused text for healthcare professionals involved in the everyday management of Parkinson's disease patients. Primary care physicians, general neurologists, medical trainees, and ancillary therapists including mental health professionals, speech therapists, and physical therapists will all find helpful information regarding caring for patients with Parkinson's disease. The 12 chapters cover all aspects of Parkinson's disease care from diagnosis, test selection and early management to handling complications, deciding whether surgical options are appropriate, managing Parkinson's disease patients in the inpatient setting and supporting patients and families during late-stage complications. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books
29th December 2013 - New research
L-DOPA PRODRUG FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Movement Disorders  Dec 13 [Epub ahead of print (P.A.Lewitt, F.J.Huff, R.A.Hauser, D.Chen, D.Lissin, K.Zomorodi, K.C.Cundy) Complete abstract
XP21279 is a new L-dopa prodrug being developed by Xenoport for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. It uses naturally occurring, high capacity nutrient transporters in the gastrointestinal tract to generate active and efficient absorption into the body.
XP21279-carbidopa sustained-release bilayer tablets were developed to provide more continuous exposure to L-dopa. Once absorbed, XP21279 is rapidly converted into L-dopa. In a clinical trial of XP21279, people with Parkinson's Disease were given either XP21279 with carbidopa, or L-dopa with carbidopa, which as Sinemet is the most common means of treating Parkinson's Disease.
The average daily off time was reduced more when using XP21279 but only by 18 minutes. There was little difference between the two in their effect on dyskinesia. However, XP21279 significantly reduced the variability of L-dopa concentration that occurs when using Sinemet (L-dopa and carbidopa). This was achieved by taking XP21279 only three times per day, instead of the four to five times a day that the L-dopa with carbidopa was taken. Therefore, overall, although L-dopa and carbidopa as Sinemet is the most common means of treating Parkinson's Disease, XP21279 was found to be more advantageous. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
28th December 2013 - New research
FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE FACTORS AND THE RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Movement Disorders  Dec 18 [Epub ahead of print] (R.Liu, D.Baird, Y.Park, N.D.Freedman, X.Huang, A.Hollenbeck, A.Blair, H.Chen) Complete abstract
In the largest ever study of its kind, researchers examined female reproductive factors and the risk of Parkinson's Disease. The study involved nearly 120,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 71 years. The risk of developing Parkinson's Disease was not significantly associated with female reproductive factors including age at first menstruation, age at first live birth, and age at menopause generally.
However, there was a tendency for an increased risk of Parkinson's Disease in those women who reached menopause when they were 55 or older. Current hormone users for less than 5 years showed a higher risk of developing Parkinson's Disease, which was anywhere between 11% more likely to more than twice as likely. However, this association disappeared for current hormone users after 5 years of use. Oral contraceptive use for ten years was associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's Disease, down to 59% of what would otherwise be expected. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
20th December 2013 - New review
PESTICIDES ON AIRCRAFT AS A CAUSE OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Flight attendants who have developed Parkinson's Disease have taken legal action to try to prove that they have developed Parkinson's Disease because of the insecticides that are routinely sprayed inside aircraft. For more information go to News report and News report
Those pesticides that are known to cause, or be highly associated with Parkinson's Disease are Dieldrin, Rotenone and Organophosphorus pesticides. The fungicides Maneb and Paraquat are also known causes of Parkinson's Disease. Evidence in support of Permathrin, which is used in aircraft, is presently restricted to three animal studies.
Dieldrin levels are above normal in brains of people with Parkinson's Disease. Dieldrin was the most frequently detected Organochlorine pesticide in people with Parkinson's Disease thereby suggesting that dieldrin is associated with Parkinson's Disease. Organophosphorus pesticides are significantly associated with Parkinson's Disease. The frequent use of household pesticides containing Organophosphorus chemicals increased the chances of developing Parkinson's Disease by 71%. Exposure can lead to Parkinsonism. Rotenone can cause the neurochemical, neuropathological and behavioural features of Parkinson's disease, including hypokinesia and rigidity. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
19th December 2013 - New book
DBS A PATIENT GUIDE TO DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION
Sierra M.Farris, Monique L.Giroux
Publisher's description : DBS A Patient Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation by DBS experts Sierra Farris and Monique Giroux distill a high tech brain surgery into understandable terms for every reader. The authors bring 14 yearsí experience working as a DBS team in treating over 1000 patients. Their easy to read format is packed with practical tips in a patient-centered approach. The authors hope to promote patient empowerment by offering insights that are rarely shared outside the clinic appointment. Filled with case studies, personal stories, practical tips and unique graphics, this book offers in-depth easy to understand explanations for one of the most high tech procedures that can turn back the clock on neurological disease. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books
14th December 2013 - News release
ANTIBODIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Roche and Prothena are collaborating to co-develop antibodies for the
treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Prothena's antibody for the
treatment of Parkinson's disease,
PRX002, targets alpha-synuclein. PRX002 is currently in
preclinical development. It is expected to enter Phase 1 clinical trials in
people with Parkinson's Disease in 2014. PRX002 has already been tested in
various cellular and animal models of synuclein-related disease.
10th December 2013 - New book
PARKINSON'S DISEASE TRAPPED - IT'S A GREY MATTER
Christopher C. Evans
Publisher's description : Parkinsonís disease 'Trapped' questions and expands our understanding of Parkinsonís disease. Accessible and meticulously researched, the observations illuminate the grey matter of brain science. It examines three regions of the brain and how these relate to symptoms of Parkinsonís disease, highlighting insights that lead to the discovery of a unique potential cause. Exploring the effects of trauma and lack of blood supply to the brain, it finds missing pieces of the Parkinsonís puzzle. This book explains why people, who smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, have high cholesterol, and drink too much coffee are less likely to get Parkinson's disease. It presents a controversial three phase model of neurodegeneration. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books
17th November 2013 - New research
FUNGAL CAUSE OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA  Nov 11 [Epub
ahead of print] (A.A.Inamdar, M.M.Hossain, A.I.Bernstein, G.W.Miller,
Although it has not yet conclusively been proven to have caused Parkinson's Disease in humans, further experiments in human cells revealed that Octenol interfered with two genes involved in the creation of dopamine - the human plasma membrane dopamine transporter (DAT) and the human VMAT ortholog (VMAT2). This demonstrates that 1-octen-3-ol exerts toxicity via disruption of dopamine homeostasis and so may represent a naturally occurring cause of Parkinsonism. Octenol can often be inhaled by humans after being produced in damp, mouldy or water damaged buildings. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
16th Novemberr 2013- New book
PARKINSON'S DISEASE : A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
William J.Weiner, Lisa M.Shulman, Anthony E.Lang
Publisher's description : Patients and families have long relied on this book for reliable advice about medical, emotional, and physical issues. Bringing this guide up to date, three expert neurologists describe : New understandings gained by five years of additional research on Parkinsonís disease, a new focus on exercise, imaging techniques such as SPECT Scan and DATScan that are aiding in diagnosis, new findings about the genetics, promising uses of new technologies such as tablet devices for people who have trouble communicating, information about impulse control disorders caused by some drugs used to address the symptoms of the disease, A complete update on treatments. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
12th November 2013 - New research
NEW DRUG FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE PSYCHOSIS
Lancet  Oct 31 [Epub ahead of print] (J.Cummings, S.Isaacson, R.Mills,
H.Williams, K.Chi-Burris, A.Corbett, R.Dhall, C.Ballard)
They took 40mg pimavanserin per day. The primary measure was the antipsychotic benefit using the Parkinson's disease-adapted scale for assessment of positive symptoms (SAPS-PD). According to the Parkinson's disease-adapted scale for assessment of positive symptoms (SAPS-PD) those people taking pimavanserin reduced their score by 5.79 compared with a reduction of 2.73 by those taking a placebo. Over 10% of the patients discontinued because of an adverse event. However, in previous clinical trials there was either no effect Complete abstract, or it was beneficial for some but not all measures of psychosis Complete abstract. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
10th November 2013 - New research
THE PREVALENCE OF HEADACHES IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Neurological Sciences  Nov 7 [Epub ahead of print]] Complete abstract
Researchers assessed the prevalence of headache in people with Parkinson's Disease and the association between the side of Parkinon's Disease symptom onset and the side of their headache. Headaches were found to occur significantly less in people with Parkinson's Disease, 40% of whom had headaches, than in people who do not have Parkinson's Disease, 70% of whom had headaches. The prevalence of headaches being significantly lower in people with Parkinon's Disease is unexplained by the researchers.
Fewer people with Parkinson's Disease (74%) had headaches throughout life in contrast to the 94% of people who had headaches throughout life who did not have Parkinson's Disease. Considering only people who had headaches during the previous year, people with Parkinson's Disease had a higher association with migraine rather than tension headaches compared to people who did not have Parkinson's Disease. The headache side in people with Parkinson's Disease was also on the same side as the side of Parkinson's Disease onset in 84 % of people. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
6th November 2013 - New research
THE CAUSES OF FALLS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Neurologia i neurochirurgia polska  47 (5) : 423-430 (Rudzinska M, Bukowczan S, Stozek J, Zajdel K, Mirek E, Chwala W, Wůjcik-Pedziwiatr M, Banaszkiewicz K, Szczudlik A.) Complete abstract
Neurologia i neurochirurgia polska  47 (5) : 431-437 (Rudzinska M, Bukowczan S, Stozek J, Zajdel K, Mirek E, Chwala W, Wůjcik-Pedziwiatr M, Banaszkiewicz K, Szczudlik A.) Complete abstract
People with Parkinson's Disease suffer falls more frequently than most other people. Over the year falls occurred in 54% of people with Parkinson's Disease. Around 20% of people with Parkinson's Disease fell frequently. This occurred more commonly with age.
Analysis of causes of falls revealed that sudden falls were the most common (31%), followed by episodes of freezing and festination (19%), neurological and sensory disturbances (mostly vertigo) (12%), environmental factors (12%), postural instability (11%), orthostatic hypotension (4%), and severe dyskinesia (3.6%). In people with Parkinson's Disease, factors due to themselves were dominant, whereas in the control group external factors were responsible for falls with the same frequency. Every third fall intensified the fear of walking. Over a third (34%) of falls caused injuries. Among them bruises of body parts other than the head were most frequent. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
31st October 2013 - News release
SENSORY PEN FOR DETECTING PARKINSON'S DISEASE
A means of diagnosing Parkinsonís Disease is being developed by MANUS Neurodynamica using sensory pen technology. It is called thee DiPAR project. The system, combining sensor and computing technology, requires the patient to perform a set of writing tasks, drawing activities or a combination of both. The system records all movements of the pen as well as other parameters such as drawing pressure, plus acceleration and deceleration of movement, to identify patterns that are indicative of specific kinds of neuromotor disorder. The sensory pen can be used by non-specialists with minimal training so that large numbers of people would be able to be screened.
The systemís software records key features regarding the movement of the pen, relating it to the motion of the limb, particularly the role of the hand and fingers in coordinating overall pen motion. The recordings enable the operator to assess akinesia, bradykinesia, tremor, rigidity and other signs of motor deterioration that cannot be easily detected by other means. The software takes inputs from a variety of sensors in the pen and converts them, using proprietary algorithms, into outcome percentages that represent the likelihood of the presence of Parkinson's Disease or other neuromotor disorders. The method can be viewed in this brief video video of sensory pen technology In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
13th October 2013 - New research
THE LONG TERM EFFECT OF DBS ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Journal of the Formosan Medical Association  Oct 5
[Epub ahead of print] (J.L.Jiang,
S.Y.Chen, T.C.Hsieh, C.W.Lee, S.H.Lin, S.T.Tsai)
The aim of this study was to assess the improvements that can be expected after 1 year and after 5 years. Patients with Parkinson's Disease were assessed after 1 year and 5 years according to the Unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) parts I, II, III, and IV scores, the Hoehn and Yahr stage, and Schwab and England activities of daily living (SEADL) scores in the conditions of off-medication/on-stimulation and off-medication/off-stimulation. Further analysis included the changes in the L-dopa equivalent daily dose.
After 1 year significant improvements were seen in the UPDRS parts I, II, III, and IV and the Schwab and England scale. Five years after STN-DBS had been initiated improvements in UPDRS scores were observed only for parts II, III, and IV. In the off-medication/off-stimulation condition no significant improvement was observed. However, after 5 years there were significant deteriorations when compared to the improvements seen after 1 year in the scores for the UPDRS parts I, II, III and the Schwab and England scale.. Therefore, after the improvement experienced after 1 year the long term trend is downwards. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
7th October 2013 - New research
DUAL LAYER L-DOPA CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS
Parkinsonism Related Disorders  Sep 5 [Epub ahead of print]
(R.Pahwa, K.E.Lyons, R.A.Hauser, S.Fahn, J.Jankovic, E.Pourcher, A.Hsu,
M.O'Connell, S.Kell, S.Gupta)
All three dosages improved Parkinson's Disease, with the 145mg dosage, then the 245mg dosage giving better results. The most commonly reported adverse events with IPX066 included nausea, dizziness, and headache. No unexpected drug-related serious adverse events were reported. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
3rd October 2013 - New research
DEPRESSION TREBLES THE RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Neurology  Oct 2 [Epub ahead of print] (Cheng-Che Shen, Shih-Jen
Tsai, Chin-Lin Perng, Benjamin Ing-Tiau Kuo, Albert C.Yang)
Parkinson's Disease is primarily due to the insufficient formation of dopamine in the brain, in the dopaminergic neurons. Besides affecting muscle function and therefore the characteristic muscular symptoms of Parkinson's Disease such as as rigidity and tremor, dopamine insuffiency also affects the emotions.
This is why dopamine insufficiency can also lead to depression. However, even biochemically, dopamine is not the only factor involved in depression, which is why depresssion and Parkinson's Disease do not always coincide. Therefore, depression, even when severe, does not inevitably lead to Parkinson's Disease and why it is possible to have Parkinson's Disease without also having depression.. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
3rd October 2013 - New book
UNDERSTANDING PARKINSON'S DISEASE : AN INTRODUCTION FOR PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS
Publisher's description : Understanding Parkinsonís Disease offers patients and their caregivers the kind of cutting-edge information that will allow them to successfully confront this debilitating disease on a number of fronts. Patients will also be uniquely exposed to alternative approaches to managing the symptoms of the disease, including allopathic, osteopathic, and naturopathic approaches. The reader will be introduced to essential information on the risk factors associated with Parkinsonís, the signs and symptoms, the different stages of the disease, the various treatments, as well as how the disease develops. Anyone looking for an introduction will find the information they need in this accessible resource. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
29th September 2013 - New research
HOUSEHOLD PESTICIIDES INCREASE THE RISK OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
International Journal of Epidemiology  Sep 20 [Epub ahead of print]
(S.Narayan, Z.Liew, K.Paul, P.C.Lee, J.S.Sinsheimer, J.M.Bronstein, B.Ritz)
Consequently, researchers investigated whether long term use of household pesticides, especially those containing organophosphorus chemicals, increases the risk of developing or worsening Parkinson's Disease. Frequent use of any household pesticide increased the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease by 47%. Frequent use of products containing organophosphorus chemicals increased the risk of Parkinson's Disease by 71%. Frequent organothiophosphate use almost doubled the risk of Parkinson's Disease. The evidence shows that household use off organophosphoruss pesticides is clearly associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's Disease. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
26th September 2013 - New research
THE WORLD'S LOWEST INCIDENCE OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Journal of Neural Transmission  Sep 22 [Epub ahead of print]
(C.L.Ma, L.Su, J.J.Xie, J.X.Long, P.Wu, L.Gu)
The world's lowest incidence of Parkinson's Disease has been found to be in China. Incidence is the rate at which Parkinson's Disease is being newly diagnosed. The incidence of Parkinson's Disease in China, at only 2 people per 100,000 is remarkably low. In constrast, the incidence rate in the U.S.A. is about ten times that number. The prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in China is remarkably high, with 797 per 100,000 being one of the highest rates in the world. The ratio of men to women with Parkinson's Disease is, at 1.29 men for every woman, more typical.
With very high prevalence (those people that have Parkinson's Disease now) and very low incidence (those people that are being diagnosed) means that the number of people in China with Parkinson's Disease must be dropping rapidly, and at a greater rate than anywhere else in the world..The researchers provide no reasons for this. In China, instead of standard Parkinson's Disease drugs, people tend to use more Chinese herbal remedies, a number of which are known to have effect in Parkinson's Disease. For more information go too Herbal Medicines for Parkinson's Disease For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
The former Chinese leader Chairman Mao is known to have had Parkinson's Disease. However, it is never disclosed in China that Chairman Mao, who is given almost God like status in China, ever actually had Parkinson's Disease.
22nd September 2013 - New research
THE EFFECT OF TEN YEARS WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Parkinsonism Related Disorders  18 supplement, 3 : S10-S14 28 (3) :
380-383 (A.Hassan, S.S.Wu, P.Schmidt, I.A.Malaty, Y.F.Dai, J.M.Miyasaki,
They had an average of two additional medical disorders with arthritis (49%) and heart problems (32%) being the most common. Most of them (87%) took at least 2 medications, with L-dopa (96%), dopamine agonists (45%) and antidepressants (37%) being the most common. Most of them were not currently utilizing physical, occupational or speech therapy, but two-thirds of them reported engaging in physical activity. Deep brain stimulation was documented in 22%. Overall the mean health-related quality of life and caregiver burden was impaired in all domains. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
21st September 2013 - New research
COFFEE INTAKE AND THE RISK OF DYSKINESIA
Movement Disorders  28 (3) : 380-383 (A.M.Wills, S.Eberly, M.Tennis,
A.E.Lang, S.Messing, D.Togasaki, C.M.Tanner, C.Kamp, J.F.Chen, D.Oakes,
Researchers examined the association between the intake of caffeine and the time taken to develop dyskinesia. Those people who consumed 12 ounces of coffee per day, which is about two cups, reduced their likelihood of developing dyskinesia to 61%. Those people who consumed 4 to 12 ounces of coffee per day, which is less than two cups per day, reduced their likelihood of developing dyskinesia to 73%. The authors suggest tha these results support the possibility that caffeine may reduce the likelihood of developing dyskinesia. For a printable version of this articlee click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
16th September 2013 - News report
BILLY CONNOLLY DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The 70 year old Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease but has vowed to continue with his stage and screen career despite also having prostate cancer. Besides being known for stand up comedy on television and in large arenas he has appeared as a comedian and as a serious actor in films such as The Last Samurai, The Hobbit, Indecent Proposal, Muppet Treasure Island, and Gulliver's Travels. For more information go to Billy Connolly. Connollyís spokesman revealed that "Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour." For more details go to Daily Mail.
9th September 2013 - New review
FUTURE FORMS OF L-DOPA FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The forms of L-dopa presently being developed are likely to completely change the way that L-dopa is used. They include Inhaled L-dopa, Dual layer L-dopa, Subcutaneous L-dopa, L-dopa prodrug, Melevodopa and AcuForm.
Mucuna Pruriens has been a source of L-dopa since ancient times. As a drug, L-dopa started out as a treatment on its own. Sinemet and Madopar combined L-Dopa with a decarboxylase inhibitor in order to reduce the loss of L-dopa before it was used. In order to spread out the effect of L-dopa, controlled release versions of Sinemet and Madopar were then produced, Stalevo added Entacapone to that combination. Entacapone is a COMT inhibitor, which is able to slow down the degradation of L-dopa. An improved version of Stalevo called ODM-101 is already being developed. Parcopa is an orally disintegrating combination of L-dopa and carbidopa, which is the same combination as Sinemet. Duodopa is a combination of L-dopa and carbidopa in the form of a gel, which is administered throughout the day using a portable pump directly into the small intestine through a surgically placed tube.
New forms of L-dopa presently being developed for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease are :
AcuForm in combination with L-dopa and carbidopa (DM-1992) makes use of the properties of polymers that help to deliver L-dopa over a longer period of time. For more information go to Acuform
6th September 2013 - New research
SAFINAMIDE CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS
European Journal of Neurology  September 11 [Epub ahead of print]
(A.H.Schapira, F.Stocchi, R.Borgohain, M.Onofrj, M.Bhatt, P.Lorenzana,
V.Lucini, R.Giuliani, R.Anand)
In a one year clinical trial people with Parkinson's Disease received 100mg or 200mg Safinamide daily. They were assessed according to how long it was before they had to increase their dopamine agonist dose or add another Parkinson's Disease treatment. People receiving 100 mg/day safinamide experienced a significantly lower rate of intervention compared with placebo, of 25% instead of 51% and a small delay before the need to increase other Parkinson's Disease treatments of 9 days.
In a previous study of once daily dosages of 50mg to 100mg Safinamide improved Parkinson's Disease symptoms after six months and reduced "off" time when added on to the use of existing Parkinson's Disease treatments. However, the reduction in "off" time in comparison to the use of a placebo was minimal. The increase in "on" time beyond that of a placebo was only 40 minutes for 50mg safinamide, and 50 minutes for 100mg safinamide. For more information go to the Complete abstract. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
4th September 2013 - New book
DEMENTIA WITH LEWY BODIES AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE DEMENTIA
Publisher's description : In Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's Disease Dementia, Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog draws on 30 years of clinical and research work at Mayo Clinic to arm patients and families with crucial information that will enable them to work in tandem with their doctors. Dr. Ahlskog clearly explains all aspects of these disorders, their causes, symptoms, most effective drug treatments, proper doses, and which medications to avoid. He also discusses the complications that can arise in treating these conditions, given the variety of available medications and their possible side effects and interactions. Dr. Ahlskog shows that optimal medical treatment can markedly improve the quality of life for both patients and family. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
1st September 2013 - New research
NEUPRO CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTSS
PLoS One  8 (7) : e69738 (C.Q.Zhou, S.S.Li, Z.M.Chen, F.Q.Li, P.Lei,
26th August 2013 - New research
NAVAJO HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST PREVALENCES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Journal of Parkinson's Disease 
3 (2) : 193-198 (P.H.Gordon, H.Zhao, D.Bartley, L.J.Sims, M.G.Begay, S.
Pirio Richardson, J.Lewis, A.S.Rowland)
These figures are higher than for any U.S. state with Nebraska having the highest prevalence at 329 per 100,000. Amongst Navajo men it is even higher at 438 per 100,000. The Navajo are concentrated in Arizona and New Mexico in the USA. For more information go too Navajo. Native Americans, including American Indian and Alaska Native peoples as a whole have an even higher prevalence rate of 355 per 100,000. It is not known why the prevalence is so high amongst Native Americans. For more information concerning prevalence go to Prevalence of Parkinson's Disease. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
24th August 2013 - News report
LINDA RONSTADT DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
American singer Linda Ronstadt has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and
consequently can no longer sing. She won 11 Grammy Awards and has gold, platinum
and multiplatinum albums. sing. For more information go to
Linda Ronstadt. Linda Ronstadt, who is
now 67, told AARP today that she was daignosed with Parkinson's Disease 8 months
ago and that she began to show symptoms 8 years ago. Linda Ronstadt now walks
with the aid of poles when on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair when she
travels. However, her soon to be published autobiography makes no mention of her
having Parkinson's Disease. For more information
23rd August 2013 - New book
YOGA AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Peggy Van Hulsteyn
Publisher's description : Yoga and Parkinson's Disease is a practical guide to using yoga to manage stress, improve mental alertness, increase flexibility, correct posture and improve the quality-of-life of readers with Parkinson's. It follows the author's own experience and research studies in the subject that have shown a correlation between yoga practice and better health and outcomes after a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis. The book is a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and physical activity that is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility. It shows how yoga ameliorates difficulties that accompany Parkinson's, including mobility, range of motion, and balance. Click here for more details. For more books concerning Parkinson's Disease go to Parkinson's Disease Books.
18th August 2013 - New research
THE EFFECT OF GAMMA KNIFE THALAMOTOMY ON TREMOR
Journal of Neurosurgery  118 (4) : 713-718 (A.Kooshkabadi, L.D.Lunsford,
D.Tonetti, J.C.Flickinger, D.Kondziolka)
Knife radiosurgical thalamotomy is a technique in which a thalamotomy is
performed with beams of radiation rather than a surgical incision or use of
electrodes. The surgeon uses a Gamma Knife device to focus high-energy gamma
rays precisely on an area in the brain that causes tremor. These rays result
in the death of the brain cells that generate tremor. The procedure takes
approximately one hour and the benefit may not be apparent until three to
six weeks afterwards. For more information go
Gamma knife surgery.
13th August 2013 - New research
BIOMARKERS FAIL TO DIAGNOSE PARKINSON'S DISEASE
BMC Neurology  Apr 12
[Epub ahead of print] (D.J.McGhee, P.L.Royle, P.A.Thompson,
D.E.Wright, J.P.Zajicek, C.E.Counsell)
A systematic review was undertaken to determine which biomarkers for disease progression in Parkinson's Disease exist. 183 studies were included. The sensitivity of the tests was an average of 71%, which is insufficient for Parkinson's Disease diagnosis. However, the range in sensitivity was between 51% and 86% showing that some of the methods were closer to having a practical use but were still less accurate than other methods of diagnosing Parkinson's Disease that are available. The authors found insufficient evidence to recommend the use of any biomarker for assessing disease progression in Parkinson's Disease clinical trials. They believe that this may simply reflect the poor quality of research in this area. They therefore present a provisional 'roadmap' for conducting future disease progression biomarker studies and recommend new quality criteria by which future studies may be judged. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
8th August 2013 - New research
DIABETIC DRUG TO TREAT PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Journal of Clinical Investigation  123 (6) : 2730-2736 (I.Aviles-Olmos,
J.Dickson, Z.Kefalopoulou, A. Djamshidian, P.Ell, T.Soderlund, P.Whitton,
R.Wyse, T.Isaacs, A.Lees, P.Limousin, T.Foltynie)
People with moderate Parkinson's Disease received subcutaneous injections of Exenatide for a year. Their Parkinson's Disease was compared after overnight withdrawal of conventional Parkinson's Disease medication using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). Exenatide was well tolerated but weight loss was common. There were clinically relevant improvements in Parkinson's Disease motor and cognitive measures. Exenatide treated patients had a mean improvement after one year on the UPDRS of 2.7 compared with a mean decline of 2.2 points in controls.. The authors do not make suggestions as to how the diabetes drug has effect in Parkinson's Disease. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
7th August 2013 - News release
BASEBALL STAR DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Dave Parker, a two time winner of the baseball World Series has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Dave Parker is a retired American baseball player. He began his career in the Major League in 1973 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he spent ten years. He went on to play with Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, and Toronto Blue Jays. He won the World Series twice, in 1979 and 1989. He retired from baseball in 1991. Now aged 62, he was first diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease early in 2012 but kept it quiet until now except for informing some close friends. For the time being he is not taking any medication and is instead relying on natural remedies. For more information concerning him go to Dave Parker
4th August 2013 - New research
CLINICAL TRIAL OF AFQ056 FOR DYSKINESIA
Movement Disorders  July 11 [Epub ahead of print] (Stocchi F, Rascol O,
Destee A, Hattori N, Hauser RA, Lang AE, Poewe W, Stacy M, Tolosa E, Gao H,
Nagel J, Merschhemke M, Graf A, Kenney C, Trenkwalder C.)
Patients taking 200mg AFQ056 daily demonstrated significant improvements on the modified Abnormal Involuntary Movements Scale. There was a dose-response relationship, with 200 mg daily demonstrating the greatest effect. However, no significant changes were observed on the 26-item Parkinson's Disease Dyskinesia Scale or the Patient's / Clinician's Global Impression of Change. Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale part III scores were not significantly changed, indicating no worsening of motor symptoms. The most common adverse events were dizziness, hallucination, fatigue, nasopharyngitis, diarrhea, and insomnia. These results can guide the slection of doses for future clinical trials.. For a printable version of this article click here. In order to refer to this article on its own click here.
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