Design, Development of BeatHealth System for Parkinson’s Gait Impairments Described in Study

Researchers have developed a system — a mobile app and two websites — based on musical stimuli to improve gait and reduce freezing episodes in Parkinson’s disease patients, according to a study describing the design process of the new approach. The project, called BeatHealth, involved patients, caregivers, and health professionals from the start to produce the most

UNS’ Investigational Vaccine UB-312 Holds Potential to Prevent Parkinson’s, Other Neurological Diseases, Data Show

An investigational vaccine being developed by United Neuroscience (UNS) presented several advantages over traditional vaccines to treat progressive disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, according to preclinical data. The vaccine, called UB-312, was more selective to prevent toxic aggregates of alpha-synuclein in mouse models of the disease. These latest findings were discussed during the Parkinson’s UK Research Conference

Personalized Tissue Implants From Patients’ Own Cells Have Potential to Treat Parkinson’s, Study Suggests

A new, fully personalized tissue implant using a patient’s own materials and cells can regenerate any organ in the body with minimal risk of an immune response, according to researchers who are now exploring the approach as a potential way to treat Parkinson’s disease. The new technique was reported in the study, “Personalized Hydrogels for Engineering

Astilbin, Found in Plants, Protects Neurons and Improves Motor Control, Mouse Study Finds

A compound found in various types of plants, called astilbin, can protect neurons by preventing over-activation of glia cells (nerve cells that support neurons), excessive alpha-synuclein production, and oxidative stress, researchers working in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease report. Their study, “Neuroprotective effects of Astilbin on MPTP-induced Parkinson’s disease mice: Glial reaction, α-synuclein expression and

Become a Parkinson’s Care Advocate: Join Our Aware in Care Ambassador Pilot Program

When hospitalized, three out of every four people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) do not receive their medications on time. Most develop serious complications as a result. In 2011, the Parkinson’s Foundation launched Aware in Care to help people with Parkinson’s get the best care possible during a hospital stay, and it worked. Surprisingly, 70% of hospital

Dopamine Depletion Not Associated with Non-motor Symptoms in Key Parkinson’s Brain Area, Study Shows

Dopamine depletion in a brain region called the striatum does not correlate with the severity of non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new imaging study. The research, “Lack of association between dopamine transporter loss and non-motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a detailed PET analysis of 12 striatal subregions,” was

Analysis of Tiny Vesicles Released by Red Blood Cells May Help Identify Parkinson’s Patients, Study Shows

A new blood-based analysis that evaluates the levels and content of tiny vesicles released by red blood cells may help diagnose patients with Parkinson’s disease according to disease stage, researchers suggest. The new method was described in the study, “Portrait of blood-derived extracellular vesicles in patients with Parkinson’s disease,” published in Neurobiology of Disease. Parkinson’s disease