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UK, Japan Research Groups Back Joint New Regenerative Medicine Projects

Sep 21, 2020 07:00 am | Mary Chapman

 

regenerative medicine projectsThe United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are collaborating to support eight new regenerative medicine projects seeking to develop therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). The landmark £7 million (about $9 million) partnership will fund collaborative projects that focus on early stage development […]

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Large Survey to Identify Unmet Needs of Underserved Parkinson’s Populations in US

Sep 21, 2020 07:00 am | Diana Campelo Delgado

 

surveyThe Parkinson’s Foundation is launching a large paper-based survey to identify gaps in existing research in traditionally underserved people with Parkinson’s disease by gathering patient-reported information about treatment and care, access, unmet needs, and outcomes. The survey was developed by the foundation, together with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, […]

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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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Electrodes Placed in Brain May Offer Way of ‘Sensing’ Parkinson’s Arrival

Sep 16, 2020 07:00 am | Diana Campelo Delgado

 

dopamine and brain tissueEngineers with Michigan State University (MSU) are developing diamond-based electrodes that might detect early warning signs of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s in a living brain. MSU researchers Wen Li and Erin Purcell have received $3.4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and an MSU Strategic Partnership Grant to conduct preclinical work evaluating the safety, durability, […]

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Supernus Submits SPN-830 Apomorphine Infusion Pump for FDA Approval

Sep 16, 2020 07:00 am | Marisa Wexler

 

SPN-830Supernus Pharmaceuticals has submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval of SPN-830, its apomorphine infusion pump, the company said. If approved, the pump will be used for the continuous treatment of on-off episodes in adults with Parkinson’s disease who continue to experience motor symptoms after treatment with oral levodopa and […]

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