Parkinson’s News

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 ...

Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson’s Drugs

April 21st, 2014
Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson's DrugsIn an unexpected finding, new research suggests depression can hamper cognitive function among Parkinson’s’ patients receiving traditional dopamine replacement therapy. Scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine ...

Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory

April 17th, 2014
Modeling the Cellular Basis of MemoryResearchers at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains the cellular mechanisms responsible for retaining select memories a few hours after an event. This new ...

Scientists Create Virtual Brain to Study Neurological Disorders

February 16th, 2014
Scientists Create a Virtual Brain to Study Neurological DisordersResearchers are hoping that the world’s largest simulated brain — known as Spaun — will be used to test new drugs that lead to breakthrough treatments for ...