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Making Meaning of It All

Wellness map in hand, I pass through the fog of conflict that is my life and agree to enter sanctuary. I surrender myself to experiences of bliss and well-being. Caressed by calmness, the fog has lifted. Like a crisp fall day, the colors are vibrant and the view breathtaking. In the distance is something not […]

Parkinson’s Foundation Opens Campaign to Support Newly Diagnosed

To provide new patients with the information, tools and resources they need to best manage their health, the Parkinson’s Foundation has launched a campaign to close the gap between learning of an illness and knowing how and where to find help. Called “Newly Diagnosed: Building a Better Life with Parkinson’s Disease,” the effort is said to […]

Stool Calprotectin May Be Used as Marker of Bowel Inflammation in Parkinson’s Patients, Study Finds

The levels of calprotectin — a protein whose levels increase in response to tissue inflammation — in the stool may be used as a marker of bowel inflammation in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. The results, “Fecal Calprotectin as a Marker of the Gut Immune System Activation Is Elevated in Parkinson’s Disease,” […]

People With Bipolar Disorder Face Higher Risk of Later Developing Parkinson’s, Study Finds

People with bipolar disorder have a significantly increased risk — more than three times that of the general population — of later developing Parkinson’s disease, a study has found. Although use of medications for bipolar disorder could overestimate this risk, the researchers believe that a Parkinson’s diagnosis should be considered if patients with the mental […]

Nourianz Now Available in US as Add-on to Carbidopa/Levodopa to Treat Parkinson’s Off Periods

Kyowa Kirin’s Nourianz (istradefylline) tablets are now available in the United States as an add-on treatment for off periods in Parkinson’s disease patients on a carbidopa/levodopa regimen. Off periods — when the effects of a medication wear off before a new dose can be taken — are characterized by the re-emergence of Parkinson’s motor symptoms and are typically […]

Polypharmacy Linked to Cognitive Decline in Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Patients, Study Finds

Taking several different medications at the same time to treat concurrent health conditions — known as polypharmacy — may be associated with cognitive decline in people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. Reducing the number of medications prescribed would be one option to minimize the potentially harmful effects of polypharmacy on […]

Veterans with PTSD or Brain Injury at Risk of Sleep Disorder That Might Signal Parkinson’s, Study Finds

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or who experienced a traumatic brain injury have more than double the risk of a rare sleep disorder — called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder — previously reported as a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease, a study finds. Researchers at the VA Portland Health Care System and […]

Safety and Efficacy of Oral Cannabidiol in Treating Parkinson’s Psychosis Focus of Phase 2 Study in UK

A planned Phase 2 clinical trial will assess the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) in treating Parkinson’s-related psychosis. The trial was announced by Parkinson’s UK, which is investing £1.2 million (roughly $1.5 million) to support the study, due to begin enrolling patients in 2020. Psychosis is estimated to affect more than half of […]

Mutations in Alpha-Synuclein Speed Protein Clumping in Familial Parkinson’s and Affect Severity, Study Finds

A detailed analysis of alpha-synuclein — a key protein involved in Parkinson’s — revealed how variants of this protein change over time, allowing researchers to identify the initial stages of protein aggregation involved in early onset disease. These findings provide new insights into how genetic mutations — especially the point mutation A53T — can contribute […]