Parkinson’s News

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course of deep ...

Exercise Shown to Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

November 15th, 2014
Regular exercise has been confirmed as an important part of Parkinson’s disease therapy, one that can enhance patients’ quality of life and slow disease progression, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. “Regular exercisers at baseline were associated with better metrics of quality ...

Cell Discoveries Could Aid Fight Against Dementia

October 7th, 2014
Scientists have identified previously undiscovered changes that occur at a cellular level in dementia and motor neuron disease. Professor Chris Miller of King's College London, UK, and his team examined a molecular "scaffold" that allows crucial parts of bodily cells to interact. They ...

Depression Often Untreated in Parkinson’s Disease

August 17th, 2014
It is well-known that depression is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD), but for many patients, it is a symptom that remains untreated, according to a new study by researchers at Northwestern Medicine in collaboration with the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF). Depression ...

Parkinson Diagnosis Associated with Artistic Creativity

July 15th, 2014
New research suggests that many individuals with Parkinson’s disease display exceptional artistic acumen. Professor Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University (TAU) documented the extraordinary creativity of Parkinson's patients two years ago in a review for the journal Behavioral Neuroscience. Now, in a new ...

Sleep Disturbances Plague Most Parkinson’s Patients

July 12th, 2014
Up to 70 percent of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience sleep difficulties that negatively affect their quality of life, according to a new review in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. For example, some patients have unhealthy sleep/wake patterns, such as having a difficult time ...

Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked to Behavioral and Emotional Problems

July 6th, 2014
New research shows that even a low exposure to lead can result in emotional and behavioral problems in children. As blood lead levels increase, so do the problems, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. "This research focused on lower ...

Fast Walking May Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms

July 4th, 2014
Promising new research suggests that regular walking of moderate intensity may improve motor function, mood, tiredness, fitness, and some cognitive skills among people with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease. The research is presented online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy ...

Brain Scan Detects Early Parkinson’s

June 14th, 2014
Brain Scan Detects Early Parkinson'sResearchers from Oxford University have developed a simple and quick MRI technique that can detect early-stage Parkinson's disease with 85 percent accuracy. The study is published in the journal Neurology. “At the moment ...

Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain Diseases

April 23rd, 2014
Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain DiseasesA new study suggests a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers at the ...