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Coffee Decreases Parkinson’s Tremors in Men, Study Suggests

Drinking coffee may reduce tremors in Parkinson’s disease patients, but only among men, a recent study suggests. The study, “Sex-dependent Effects of Coffee Consumption on Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease,” was published recently in the journal BMC Neurology. There is some evidence that drinking coffee reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, but the effect of coffee […]

Gene Therapy in Clinical Trial, AXO-Lenti-PD, Safe And Effective in Monkey Model of Parkinson’s, Study Says

The experimental gene therapy AXO-Lenti-PD (OXB-102) was seen to be both safe and effective in a primate model of Parkinson’s disease, a study reported, supporting a clinical trial getting underway in patients. The findings were published in the journal Molecular Therapy Methods & Clinical Development in the paper, “Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease: Preclinical Evaluation of […]

It’s Important to Avoid Dehydration with Parkinson’s

The other day I did something stupid. Really stupid.  I love to putter in my garden on beautiful days. Only on this beautiful day, I crossed the line. My puttering turned into work, and before long, I was sweating bullets — shotgun-sized bullets on a 98-degree day. Yet, I kept going.  I kept going because […]

Senior Helpers Sending 6 Rock Steady Boxing Coaches from North Carolina to Group’s Conference

Aware that non-contact boxing routines can improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients, Senior Helpers is sending six Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) coaches to the organization’s national conference. Senior Helpers, a leading nationwide provider of at-home care, will sponsor the Wilmington, North Carolina, coaches in attending the second annual Rock Steady Boxing Coaches Conference to be held Sept. […]

With BlueRock Acquisition, Bayer Plans to Open Trial of Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s

Bayer has announced an agreement to acquire the cell therapy company BlueRock Therapeutics, and plans to open a clinical trial of a potential Parkinson’s stem cell-based treatment this year. BlueRock, which will remain an independent entity under the plan, has a portfolio that focuses on engineered stem cell therapies to treat illnesses in the fields of neurology, […]

With Parkinson’s, a Suntan Just Isn’t Worth It

Betty slapped George hard. There was no response, so she dialed 911. Parkinson’s disease (PD) had forced George into early retirement. He loved basking in the sun, diving into a good book, and working on his tan on their deck. Betty was in the kitchen when she saw him slumped over in the chair. This wasn’t […]

Scientists Develop Simple, Affordable Way to Measure Tremors in Mice Using Smartphones

Neuroscientists have developed a simple and inexpensive way to measure tremors, one of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, in lab mice using a smartphone. The new test showed comparable results to those generated with the expensive lab equipment currently used — opening a faster and more affordable way to test potential approved and investigational […]

Parkinson’s UK Awards Scientist £100,000 to ID Ways of Protecting Dopamine-producing Neurons

A scientist at the University of Sheffield in England has been awarded a £100,000 grant by Parkinson’s UK to develop a treatment that might slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease and protect brain cells. The one-year grant, worth about $120,000, was given to Heather Mortiboys, a senior research fellow at the university’s Institute for […]

Researchers Contemplate Salivary Alpha-Synuclein as Parkinson’s Biomarker

Alpha-synuclein in saliva may be a potential biomarker for Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent review article, but more research is necessary to determine its reliability as a possible screening approach. The study with that finding, “Salivary alpha‑synuclein as a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review,” was published in the Journal of Neural Transmission. […]

Balance Issues Are Inevitable with Parkinson’s Disease

Years ago, Harrison Ford played the role of Henry Turner, the main character in the movie “Regarding Henry.” Henry’s entire world shifts when he is shot in the head during a robbery at the convenience store where he was buying cigarettes. The nearly fatal injury puts him into cardiac arrest and he ends up with […]