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Doctors Unravel The Placebo Effect Of Fake Parkinson's Disease Treatment

Friday July 18, 2014

In a new study examining patients with advanced Parkinson's disease, neurologists say they've identified parts of the brain that control placebo effect, raising hopes of singling out people most susceptible.

But they're still very much in the dark about underlying causes of one of medicine's great mysteries. Some people, when given fake treatment, actually get better, but others, for whatever reason, do not. Stranger still, some people improve at the mere suggestion of future treatment.

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Parkinson's Boosts Creativity: Study

Tuesday July 15, 2014

If you are in a creative profession, Parkinson's may be a blessing in disguise as researchers have found that patients of the nerve cells disease in the area of brain are more creative than their healthy peers.

Those Parkinson's patients taking higher doses of medication are more artistic than their less-medicated counterparts, the study added.

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How A Single Protein Could Unlock New Treatments For Brain Cancer And Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday July 15, 2014

The same protein that keeps neurons alive and healthy also gives cancer cells the longevity to grow and spread, a team of researchers said Tuesday.

The University of North Carolina announced the new findings, which are published in the journal Science Signaling, saying, "brain cancer cells hijack the same mechanism for their own survival." While the research could lead to breakthroughs in brain cancer, it also could provide fresh insight into the way Parkinson's disease destroys brain cells. Their results may spawn new treatment methods against the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease, after Alzheimer's.

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Imaging Biomarker Proposed for Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday July 10, 2014

Reduced off-medication connectivity in the basal ganglia network (BGN) separates patients with early Parkinson’s disease (PD) from healthy controls with high accuracy, preliminary findings suggest.

Furthermore, the differences in BGN connectivity disappeared when the PD patients in the study were taking dopaminergic medication.

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Sleep Disturbances, Common in Parkinson's Disease, can be Early Indicator of Disease Onset

Thursday July 10, 2014

Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Some patients have disturbed sleep/wake patterns such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while other patients may be subject to sudden and involuntary daytime sleep "attacks." In the extreme, PD patients may exhibit REM-sleep behavior disorder (RBD), characterized by vivid, violent dreams or dream re-enactment, even before motor symptoms appear. A review in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD, as well as medications, disease pathology, and comorbidities, and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.

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Cinnamon May be Used to Halt the Progression of Parkinson's Disease

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease (PD). The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

"Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the world for centuries," said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, study lead researcher and the Floyd A. Davis professor of neurology at Rush. "This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson's patients."

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Stanford Doctors Treat Parkinson's Disease Patients with Life-Changing Technology

Tuesday July 08, 2014

At Stanford University Medical Center a stunning innovation is just beginning.

Parkinson's disease patient Martha Gardner, 56, of San Jose strode confidently out the hospital front doors.

"(It's) revolutionary, I mean this has made a huge difference in my life, I'm walking well and not falling," she said.

An implanted electronic stimulator in her chest wired to her brain controls tremors she said she's struggled with for years.

But deep brain stimulation is only the first part of the 'revolution."

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MRI Brain Scans Detect People with Early Parkinson's

Monday July 07, 2014

Oxford University researchers funded by Parkinson's UK have developed a simple and quick MRI technique that offers promise for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

The team demonstrated that their new MRI approach can detect people who have early-stage Parkinson's disease with 85 per cent accuracy, according to research published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Low Accuracy of Clinical Diagnosis for Early Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday July 03, 2014

About three-quarters of patients suspected to have early Parkinson’s disease (PD) eventually prove to have other conditions, a study shows.

“This inaccuracy was present despite that all cases were examined by a small group of movement disorder specialists as opposed to many neurologists and geriatricians who examined the cases in other studies”, say lead researcher Charles Adler (Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) and colleagues.

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Walking Improves Mood, Eases Fatigue in Those with Parkinson's Disease

Wednesday July 02, 2014

In yet another endorsement for getting on your feet and walking, researchers said Wednesday that people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease may improve their motor function, mood, fatigue levels and more by taking regular aerobic walks.

“The results of our study suggest that walking may provide a safe and easily accessible way of improving the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of life,” the lead author of the study said. Dr. Ergun Uc of the University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City and colleagues published their findings in the journal Neurology.

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Jul 18 - Doctors Unravel The Placebo Effect Of Fake Parkinson's Disease Treatment
Jul 15 - Parkinson's Boosts Creativity: Study
Jul 15 - How A Single Protein Could Unlock New Treatments For Brain Cancer And Parkinson's Disease
Jul 10 - Imaging Biomarker Proposed for Parkinson’s Disease
Jul 10 - Sleep Disturbances, Common in Parkinson's Disease, can be Early Indicator of Disease Onset
Jul 9 - Cinnamon May be Used to Halt the Progression of Parkinson's Disease
Jul 8 - Stanford Doctors Treat Parkinson's Disease Patients with Life-Changing Technology
Jul 7 - MRI Brain Scans Detect People with Early Parkinson's
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