Distinct Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Tied to Different Brain Pathways

Neurobiologists have found that identifiable brain pathways are linked with specific debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The findings could help form the basis for improving therapeutic strategies for precise symptoms of Parkinson’s at various levels of disease progression.

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Exercise May Help Slow Cognitive Decline in Some People with Parkinson’s Disease

For people with Parkinson’s disease, problems with thinking and memory skills are among the most common nonmotor symptoms of the disease. A new study shows that exercise may help slow cognitive decline for some people with the disease. The study is published in the March 31, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Experimental antibodies for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s may cause harmful inflammation

Scientists find evidence that antibody-based treatments in clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases may trigger an inflammatory response in human brain immune cells, eroding their positive effects.

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Get into the Swing: Golf May Have More Benefit for Parkinson’s than Tai Chi

When it comes to exercise that does the most good for people with Parkinson’s disease, golf may hit above par when compared to tai chi. That’s according to a preliminary study released today, March 3, 2021, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 73rd Annual Meeting being held virtually April 17 to April 22, 2021. The study found that golf was better than tai chi for improving balance and mobility.

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Henry Ford Health System First in the U.S. to Offer Next Generation Deep Brain Stimulation System For Parkinson’s Disease

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Henry Ford Health System was the first in the United States to offer a new FDA-approved device to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Neurosurgeon Jason Schwalb, M.D. surgically implanted the Vercise Genus™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System, which stimulates a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads that are placed in the brain.

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USU’s Genome Center Helps Identify Genes That Can Open New Avenues in Dementia Research

Five genes may play a key part in influencing if a person will contract Lewy body dementia, and possibly dementia from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, according to a study published in Nature Genetics Feb. 15. The genes, BIN1, TMEM175, SNCA, APOE, and GBA, were identified by a team of scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and sequenced by The American Genome Center (TAGC), a series of state-of-the-art laboratories at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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Helping translational research meet the needs of older adults

Mark Redfern receives an NIH award to establish a new program in the Human Factors of Aging to inform, support, and advance research focused on improving the lives of older adults

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