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Dance for Parkinson’s Disease: Movement as medicine

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease: Movement as medicine | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Dance has shown short-term benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease.
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Deep Brain Stimulation Used To Treat Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease

Deep Brain Stimulation Used To Treat Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A device that delivers electrical shocks directly into the brain has been shown to alleviate symptoms in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease better than the best treatments being used today. Normally reserved as a last resort for patients with severe symptoms and for whom drugs are ineffective, the deep brain stimulation’s newly found effectiveness could promote it to the first line of attack against the disease at the earliest detection of symptoms.

 

 

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Imaging brain structures that deteriorate in Parkinson’s | KurzweilAI

A new imaging technique developed at MIT offers the first glimpse of the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson’s disease.

 

The technique, which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could allow doctors to better monitor patients’ progression and track the effectiveness of potential new treatments, says Suzanne Corkin, MIT professor emerita of neuroscience and leader of the research team.

 

 

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New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice | Singularity Hub

New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new initiative aims to make detection of Parkinson’s disease as easy as making a phone call. Computer algorithms developed by TED Fellow and applied mathematician Max Little can analyze vocal recordings for characteristic anomalies in an individual’s voice brought on by the disease.

 

The noninvasive method can detect Parkinson’s with 86 percent accuracy in blind testing of 50 voices, and the rate increases to 99 percent when individual’s have mid to late stage Parkinson’s.

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Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI

Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A study at the University of Toronto on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific “memory” regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity.

 

Results of the study using deep brain stimulation, a therapy already used in some patients with Parkinson’s disease and depression, may offer hope for at least some with AD, an intractable disease with no cure.
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A noninvasive avenue for Parkinson’s disease gene therapy | KurzweilAI

A noninvasive avenue for Parkinson’s disease gene therapy | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers at Northeastern University in Boston have developed a gene therapy approach that may one day stop Parkinson’s disease (PD) in it tracks, preventing disease progression and reversing its symptoms.

The novelty of the approach lies in the nasal route of administration and nanoparticles containing a gene capable of rescuing dying neurons in the brain.

 

 

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Emory receives NINDS grant for biomarker research on Parkinson's - News-Medical.net

Emory receives NINDS grant for biomarker research on Parkinson's
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Some exciting news coming out of my alma mater, Emory University.  The goal of this research is to "achieve a better prognosis for patients by identifying neuro-degeneration earlier", according to F. DuBois Bowman, PhD, the leader of the grant initiative.

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Parkinson’s breakthrough could slow disease progression | KurzweilAI

Parkinson’s breakthrough could slow disease progression | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Northwestern University scientists have developed a new family of compounds that could slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Parkinson’s, the second most common neurodegenerative disease, is caused by the death of dopamine neurons, resulting in tremors, rigidity and difficulty moving. Current treatments target the symptoms but do not slow the progression of the disease.

 

The compounds work by blocking calcium. The compounds target and shut a relatively rare membrane protein that allows calcium to flood into dopamine neurons.

 

 

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Pig-headed? Could be a good thing for Parkinson’s patients

Pig-headed? Could be a good thing for Parkinson’s patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new trial is planned using pig cells implanted into the brain of Parkinson’s patients. These cells are intended to support the existing brain cells and help repair damaged nerve cells.

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