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A Fresh Look at Hallucinations and Parkinson’s

Sep 18, 2020 09:00 am | Dr. C

 

hallucinations, stormA loud crack. I turned and yelled at my grandson, “Keep the billiard balls on the table!” The noise was so loud that I was sure the ball had smashed into the Sheetrock wall. I’ve been known to bounce a ball off the table practicing a special billiard shot. But, the ball was still on […]

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Trial Testing CuraSen’s CST-2032 for Neurodegenerative Disease Begins Dosing

Sep 18, 2020 07:00 am | David Melamed, PhD

 

CST-2032, first participants dosedThe first participants have been dosed in the initial part of a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating the investigational compound CST-2032 as a treatment for neurodegenerative disease, according to the therapy’s developers, CuraSen Therapeutics. The trial will enroll up to 70 healthy volunteers and patients with a variety of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and […]

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Parkinson’s Patients Report Using Cannabis Largely for Symptom Relief in U.S. Survey

Sep 18, 2020 07:00 am | Diana Campelo Delgado

 

cannabis and Parkinson'sNearly a quarter of patients with Parkinson’s disease polled in a U.S. national survey reported using cannabis mainly to try and ease their symptoms, despite a lack of evidence on both its effectiveness and safety. Although still federally illegal, marijuana has been legalized for either recreational or medicinal use in 33 states in the U.S., 13 […]

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Fishing for a Parkinson’s Victory

Sep 17, 2020 09:00 am | Lori DePorter

 

fishing, wild card, pkg watchSometimes you’re living life to the fullest and forgetting Parkinson’s while doing something you never expected. Recently, for me, it was fishing — something outside my comfort zone. Fishing — really? My first adventure was last summer with friends who wanted to share their love of fishing. It was a spur-of-the-moment trip to Cayuga Lake, […]

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Gene Therapy VY-AADC Improves Motor Function in Parkinson’s Patients, Studies Show

Sep 17, 2020 08:00 am | Diana Campelo Delgado

 

CST-2032, first participants dosedOne-time treatment with investigational gene therapy VY-AADC (NBIb-1817) showed sustained improvement in motor function in patients with Parkinson’s, results from the Phase 1 PD-1102 clinical trial show. These results were presented recently in two poster presentations at the MDS Virtual Congress 2020. VY-AADC, a gene therapy being developed by Neurocrine Biosciences and Voyager Therapeutics, is made of a modified […]

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Blood Levels of SIRT1 Protein May Mark Parkinson’s and Its Severity

Sep 17, 2020 07:00 am | Steve Bryson PhD

 

blood biomarker for Parkinson'sLower-than-usual levels of the protein SIRT1 are evident in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease, and correlate with greater disease severity and cognitive impairment, a study reported. A blood test of SIRT1 levels, for this reason, may serve as a biomarker in diagnosing the disease and in monitoring its progression.  The study, “Reduced serum SIRT1 […]

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