Parkinson’s News

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Gut Bacteria Dysfunction Found in Parkinson’s

December 12th, 2014
People who suffer from Parkinson's disease (PD) have a different set of microbiota in their intestines than those without the disease, according to a new study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Central Hospital. The researchers hope that these ...

Placebo Treatment Activates Brain in Parkinson’s

November 27th, 2014
Researchers have learned that simply the expectation of learning stimulates brain activity among individuals with Parkinson’s. For individuals with Parkinson's disease, the placebo effect activates the brain, providing a response similar to that experienced after the administration of actual medications. Researchers say the study ...

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 ...
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