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My mother wasn’t drunk – she had Parkinson’s: "Imagine how distressing it would be to be laughed at in the street because a medical condition means you have to shuffle along slowly and sometimes fall over, your hands shake, and your speech is slurred. My mother, Win Bailey, was a bright, energetic, talkative woman with a wicked sense of humour and a sharp tongue. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 70, and lived with the disease for 10 years before her death." (The Guardian)


Register for Fox Insight: "To better understand the complexities of Parkinson’s disease (PD), researchers must tap into real-world patient experiences. You can help by participating in Fox Insight – an online research study to gather the world’s largest collection of data about life with Parkinson’s. Whether you have PD or not, your information – held safe and confidential – can help fuel a cure. Register today." (Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research)


Second Parkinson’s Vaccine Reports Positive Safety Results: "Irish biotechnology company Prothena announced in March 2015 that its vaccine in development to slow Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression was safe and tolerable in a Phase I study." (The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research)


‘Huge leap’ Thursday for Georgia medical marijuana proposal: "A state Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that brings Georgia a step closer to joining other states that allow possession of medical marijuana." (The Telegraph)


ResearchKit: 5 things to know about Apple's medical apps: "Amid all the talk of Apple Watch, a new MacBook laptop and a partnership with HBO, a set of Apple tools aimed at promoting medical research didn’t get much attention. The tools, called ResearchKit, promise to help researchers study asthma, Parkinson’s and other diseases by recruiting test subjects through iPhone apps. These tools could give researchers more data to work with by making it easier for people to offer themselves up to science, but even supporters say the data won’t be appropriate for every study." (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Blood Test Aims to Detect Parkinson's in Early Stages: "In their new study, researchers say they've found two genetic markers that are 90 percent effective at indicating the presence of Parkinson's disease. The markers are related to how the body processes glucose (blood sugar) and insulin." (U.S. News & World Report)


AbbVie announces U.S. FDA approval of Duopa Enteral Suspension for the treatment of motor fluctuations in patients with advanced Parkinson's Disease: "Duopa is the first and only treatment providing 16 continuous hours of Carbidopa and Levodopa for motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson's Disease." (AbbVie.com)


Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, wife says: "Robin Williams was quietly struggling with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death, according to his wife Susan Schneider." (FoxNews.com)


Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson's disease: "Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease (PD). The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology." (MedicalXpress.com)


Utensils Help Steady Tremors: "Liftware is a technology that helps steady utensils of those dealing with tremors in order to help them eat." (NBCNews.com)


Parkinson's Disease Early Stages Detected With 'Simple' MRI; Up To 85% Accurate: "Oxford researchers have developed an expediently simple technique to diagnose early Parkinson’s stages with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine with 85 percent accuracy." (MedicalDaily.com)


Brains of simple sea animals could help cure neural disorders: "A Florida scientist studying simple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases." (Reuters.com)


Researchers identify biological process that triggers Parkinson’s disease: "New research has identified a biological ‘trigger’ for Parkinson’s disease. The findings, published in the journal Cell, may lead the way to early diagnostic tools and treatments that could shut down the disease before symptoms progress in patients." (FoxNews.com)


Coffee Fuels Drive for Drugs for Parkinson’s to Dementia: "Researchers have found that caffeine, the world’s most widely used drug, does more than wake people up. It’s been linked to improvements in memory and appears to protect against the destruction of brain cells. One study found that people who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a 40 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s." (Bloomberg.com)


When caring for a loved one, many caregivers go it alone: "History is repeating itself in my family. My mother has Parkinson’s disease, and my father is her caregiver. Forty years ago, my mom was the caregiver for her own mother, who had advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia." (Harvard Health Blog)


Researchers Set to Launch Phase 3 Trial for Parkinson’s: "A $23 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support a new Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the drug isradipine as a potential new treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The study is being co-lead by the University of Rochester and Northwestern University." (University of Rochester Medical Center)


Winship pianist brings story of Parkinson's perseverance: "Local Atlanta PD patient Bruce Gilbert and his wife Lex share their story about how PD and Cancer have affected their lives in a way that benefits others." (NBC/11 Alive News)


Caffeine May Help Treat Parkinson's Disease: "Caffeine has previously been linked to a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, but now new research says the ubiquitous stimulant may also help treat disease symptoms. In a small study of 61 people with Parkinson's disease, Canadian researchers found that giving the caffeine equivalent of about three cups of coffee per day improved motor symptoms, such as slow movement and stiffness. " (US News & World Report)


New 'one-size-fits-all' drug could treat Alzheimer's, MS and brain injury: A team of researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have developed a new “one-size-fits-all” therapy drug that could potentially treat all of them." (Fox News)


Cycling Legend Davis Phinney’s Foundation Launches New Resource to Encourage Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease: "Unique "Disease Management Guide" combines comprehensive information and tools from thought-leading movement disorder experts with insights from people with Parkinson’s." (Davis Phinney Foundation)


Dundee University scientists make Parkinson's disease breakthrough: "Scientists have discovered a molecular ''on-off'' switch for Parkinson's that acts to protect the brain from developing the killer disease." (The Courier)


Fox Trial Finder, web-based clinical trial matcher to accelerate Parkinson's research, launched by Michael J. Fox Foundation: "This first-of-its kind online platform anonymously connects volunteers with and without Parkinson’s disease to clinical trials in critical need of participants." (Michael J. Fox Foundation)


A Promising Protein Injection that May Treat a Range of Brain Diseases: "A protein injection protected neurons in the brains of mice with prion disease, according to new research that could offer hope to patients with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's." (Medical Daily)


10 Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease That Doctors Often Miss: "Let's be honest: A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be pretty unnerving. In fact, an April 2011 survey by the National Parkinson's Foundation revealed that people will avoid visiting the doctor to discuss Parkinson's even when experiencing worrisome symptoms, such as a tremor. Here, 10 often-missed signs that can help you identify and get early treatment for Parkinson's." (MSN Health)


Stem cell implants boost monkeys with Parkinson's: "Monkeys suffering from Parkinson's disease show a marked improvement when human embryonic stem cells are implanted in their brains, in what a Japanese researcher said Wednesday was a world first." (Yahoo News)


Solvent exposure at work, home may increase risk of Parkinson’s disease: "Even relatively limited exposure to some common chemical solvents at work or through hobbies may increase the risk of having Parkinson's disease (PD), report researchers who found a higher risk regardless of the number of exposures, their duration or lifetime totals. They also found that the first symptoms of the disease – the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States – may not surface until decades after exposure." (Environmental Health News)


Weight Training Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms: "Weight training twice a week may reduce the stiffness, slowness, and tremors often seen in people with Parkinson’s disease, a new study shows." (WebMD)


Davis Phinney Foundation presents new "Living Well Challenge" webinar on DBS: "Dr. Melissa Houser, clinical director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, leads a discussion about DBS. Topics covered include how it works, who is a candidate, expected outcomes, and personal commentary from three DBS-implanted patients, including Davis Phinney." (Davis Phinney Foundation)


Laser targeting could help fight Parkinson's: " Innovative research at San Francisco's Gladstone Institutes could lead to a new treatment for fighting Parkinson's disease. Research using lasers is pointing the way to a new target for drugs." (ABC Local News, San Francisco)


A New Target in Fighting Brain Disease: Metals: "Research into how iron, copper, zinc and other metals work in the brain may help unlock some of the secrets of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's." (Wall Street Journal)


Wiring the Brain, Literally, to Treat Stubborn Disorders: "Deep brain stimulation, sometimes called a pacemaker for the brain, has helped halt tremors in more than 100,000 patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders since 1997. Now, researchers are reporting encouraging results using the procedure for psychiatric conditions as well." (Wall Street Journal)


MSU researchers find path to treat Parkinson's disease at outset: "The research team, led by MSU postdoctoral researcher Basir Ahmad, finds that a particular type of protein called alpha-synuclein causes "aggregation," which effectively begins the onset of Parkinson's." (mlive.com)


Michael J. Fox Calls on Parkinson's Patients to Join "Fox Trial Finder" in New Issue of Neurology Now®: "In his continued quest to outfox Parkinson's disease, actor Michael J. Fox is calling on people with Parkinson's and those without the disease to join the Fox Trial Finder, a new web tool that connects volunteers with clinical trials that desperately need Parkinson's patients to test new drugs and other treatments." (prnewswire.com)


Neuroinflammation: a different way to look at Parkinson’s disease: "Emory physiologist Malu Tansey and her colleagues are using recent insights into the role of inflammation in Parkinson’s disease to envision new treatments. One possible form this treatment strategy could take would be surprisingly simple, and comparable to medications that are approved for rheumatoid arthritis." (EmoryHealthSciBlog.com)


Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis deals with Parkinson's in his usual fashion: head-on: "It was June 10, a Friday, when Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis learned he had Parkinson’s Disease. He won’t ever forget the day he was diagnosed, or his immediate reaction: “Okay, so how much longer do I have to live?’’ " (OregonLive.com)


Parkinson's Patients Do Best if Treated by Neurologist: " People with Parkinson's disease may live longer if treated by a neurologist, a new study suggests. The study also found that Parkinson's patients who see a neurologist are less likely to be placed in a nursing home and less likely to break a hip." (WebMD.com)


New Imaging Test Gives Physicians Better Tool to Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease: "Thanks to a new diagnostic imaging technique, physicians now have an objective test to evaluate patients for parkinsonian syndromes, such as Parkinson’s disease. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is among the first institutions in the country to offer DaTscan™, the only FDA-approved imaging agent for assessment of movement disorders. " (HealthCanal.com)


National Parkinson Foundation Releases Free Smart Phone App for Clinicians: "The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the launch of the first free smart phone application to improve diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). The Parkinson's Toolkit is a mobile-enhanced website with a companion smart phone app available for download at toolkit.parkinson.org." (PR Newswire)


Methamphetamine Abuse Linked to Parkinson's Disease: "Abusing methamphetamine or other stimulants leads to increased chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, say researchers at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. An association between methamphetamine abuse and Parkinson’s has been suspected for 30 years but the new research provides the first documented evidence, said principal researcher Russell Callaghan, Ph.D." (American Psychiatric Association)


Parkinson's Disease Foundation Announces $1 Million for Novel Studies Into Parkinson’s: "The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce awards totaling more than $1 million for 11 novel investigator-initiated research projects designed to understand the cause(s) of and find a cure for Parkinson’s disease." (Parkinson's Disease Foundation)


Parkinson's Disease May Raise Risk of Melanoma: "People with Parkinson's disease are at increased risk for developing melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, a study shows. The new findings appear in Neurology." (webmd.com)


Nationwide Support Groups Join Davis Phinney Foundation's "Living Well Challenge" With First Webinar Focused on How to Live Well With Parkinson's Disease: "The Davis Phinney Foundation announced that more than 15 U.S. Parkinson's disease support groups have joined the many people affected by Parkinson's disease who are taking the "Living Well Challenge." The challenge begins by participating in the foundation's complimentary new webinar focused on what people with Parkinson's disease can do to live well today." (prnewswire.com)


Ride with Larry: "Ride with Larry is a feature length documentary that puts a human face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson’s through the story of Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now beloved small-town baker. After twenty years with the Parkinson’s, Larry plans to bike across his state of South Dakota in the Spring of 2011 with the support of his family and community to show the power of keeping your body active and mind positive, proving that the best cure is living life to its fullest." (ridewithlarrymovie.com)


'Young Parkies' deal with Parkinson's, normally considered an affliction of old age: "There's no preparation for joining the ranks of "Young Parkies," as some call those diagnosed with the disease at the peak of career and family responsibilities. But awareness is growing that Parkinson's can emerge in your 30s, 40s or 50s — as it did for actor Michael J. Fox and as many as 300,000 Americans who have been diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's." (St. Petersburg Times)

Thousands Walk in Support of the Parkinson's Community at the 2011 Parkinson's Unity Walk: "Thousands of participants came out to the 17th Parkinson's Unity Walk on Saturday, April 16, in New York City's Central Park to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease (PD) research, exuding commitment, support and high energy, in spite of an unseasonably cold spring day. This year's Unity Walk included teams from around the globe and comprised the largest grassroots initiative in the U.S. for Parkinson's disease research. To date, the 2011 Unity Walk has raised more than $1.3 million, and donations for this year's Walk will be accepted through June 1, 2011." (PR Newswire)

Medtronic, Lilly to Collaborate on Parkinson's: "The partnership represents Medtronic's latest attempt to get medication past the blood-brain barrier, a tightly packed network of cells in brain capillaries that only lets certain substances through, including key nutrients. The barrier has posed a major challenge for drug makers hoping to treat serious diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's." (Wall Street Journal)

Parkinson's Disease and Sleep: "Dreams can tell us a lot about ourselves--including, perhaps, whether we are likely to develop Parkinson's disease." (Huffington Post)

Dogs' DNA May Aid Research on Hereditary Parkinson's: "The same gene mutation that causes a fatal neurological disease in Tibetan Terrier dogs also causes a hereditary form of Parkinson's disease in humans, a new study reports." (health.usnews.com)

Diabetes tied to higher Parkinson's disease risk: "People with diabetes may have a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, suggests a U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) study involving nearly 289,000 older U.S. adults." (reutershealth.com)

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease: "Parkinson's disease is a condition that many of us associate with old age, but it can strike at any time. Beth Hochstein was 36 when a doctor diagnosed Parkinson's." (myfoxny.com)

Searching For New Medications For Chronic Brain Diseases: "A needle-in-the-haystack search through nearly 390,000 chemical compounds had led scientists to a substance that can sneak through the protective barrier surrounding the brain with effects promising for new drugs for Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. They report on the substance, which blocks formation of cholesterol in the brain, in the journal, ACS Chemical Biology." (pdonlineresearch.com)

Therapy gives Parkinson's patients hope: "Patients with Parkinson's disease often think they are taking the same-size steps as they used to or are talking as loud as everyone else is, but they're not, said Lois Tritz, a speech and language pathologist at the Eau Claire hospital. "BIG and LOUD" therapy tries to recondition the body, trying to get movements bigger and speech louder." (leadertelegram.com)

AAN: Long-Acting PD Drug Effective in Trial: "An extended-release drug formulation was better than placebo in controlling the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in levodopa naive patients, a researcher said here." (medpagetoday.com)

Gene Map of Human Brains May Lead to New Drug Discoveries, Scientists Say: "Scientists have created a $55 million interactive map that shows where genes are activated in the human brain, an aid to researchers developing treatments for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and autism." (bloomberg.com)

Stanford scientists build Parkinson's disease in a dish with cells from Google founder's mom: "Until now, there have been no witnesses to the death of brain cells in people with Parkinson's disease. And like any murder mystery, this has slowed the search for the killer. In a big break in the case, Stanford University scientists say they have re-enacted this tragedy in a petri dish -- growing the young neurons from the donated skin cells of Parkinson's patient Genia Brin, the mother of Google co-founder Sergey Brin -- and then watching them sicken and perish." (mercurynews.com)

Gene-Therapy Trial Offers Parkinson's Patients New Hope: "The goal of the therapy is to provide patients' cells with the blueprints to make proteins that have a therapeutic effect. In this case, the blueprint encoded an enzyme called GAD that would act like a chemical form of deep-brain stimulation, avoiding the need for electrodes, wires and battery packs." (abcnews.com)

Scientists discover that PARIS (protein) facilitates the most common form of Parkinson's: "Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered that PARIS — the protein — facilitates the most common form of Parkinson's disease (PD), which affects about 1 million older Americans. The findings of their study, published March 4 in Cell, could lead to important new targets for treatment." (cureparkinsons.org)

Ibuprofen may lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease: "Taking ibuprofen regularly may lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by about a third, perhaps by reducing the inflammation that is thought to contribute to the onset of the disease, Harvard University researchers reported this week. Surprisingly, however, other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that also reduce inflammation have no effect on the disease, they reported online in the journal Neurology." (LA Times)

Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease: "Call them brain pacemakers, tiny implants that hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases — if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them. Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, has proved a powerful way to block the tremors of Parkinson's disease. Blocking mental illness isn't nearly as easy a task." (Yahoo News)

'Rock Steady'Battles Debilitating Disease/Boxing Training Gym Aids Parkinson's Patients: "A boxing gym with a unique purpose opened a first-of-its-kind facility over the weekend after five years as a growing underground movement in the fight against Parkinson's disease." (The Indy Channel)

Fox Foundation approves funds for formula research to stop the progression of Parkinson's Disease: "The Michael J. Fox Foundation has approved $476,000 for pre-clinical trial research on a formula that has already been shown by University of Windsor researchers to effectively stop the progression of Parkinson's disease in rats." (Vancouver Sun)


2 Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's in Study: "People who use the pesticides rotenone and paraquat have a 2.5 times increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study finds." (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Eating Berries May Lower Parkinson's Risk: "New data shows that both men and women who eat berries on a regular basis have a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, ScienceDaily reported. According to the study from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, the high flavonoid content in berries, apples and oranges can help ward off the disease." (Fox News)

Natural Toxin Implicated as Triggering Parkinson's Disease: "In new research from Saint Louis University, investigators have found evidence that a toxin produced by the brain is responsible for the series of cellular events that lead to Parkinson's disease. The study, published in PLoS One, found that the brain toxin DOPAL plays a key role in killing the dopamine neurons which trigger the illness." (Science Daily)

Promising new treatment for Parkinson’s improves motor control: "Stem cells, delivered intranasally, were found to substantially improve motor function in Parkinson’s disease in a study co-authored by William H. Frey II, Ph.D, Director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center, part of HealthPartners Research Foundation. Frey collaborated with Lusine Danielyan, MD, of University Hospital of Tubingen in Germany. The team had previously published a paper and filed for a patent on this intranasal stem cell delivery method and went on to study the therapeutic impact and long-term survival of the stem cells after they reached the brain. Their new study was published today in Rejuvenation Research." (Medical News Today)

New Genetic Clues to Parkinson’s Disease: "A new set of genetic variants has been implicated in the search for genetic risk factors that could lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers say six genetic factors that apparently affect the neurological disease have been previously identified. But in a new study, the researchers say they have now identified five more of the variants." (WebMD)

Parkinson's Group Eyes New Research: "With help from the volunteers in a new clinical trial, individuals with advanced Parkinson’s disease might have another option for treatment in the next couple of years." (Brush News Tribune)

From the Davis Phinney Foundation: "Ride with Larry" is an inspirational documentary that puts a human face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson's disease. Larry Smith, a retired police captain, beloved small-town baker, and avid cyclist has had Parkinson's disease for nearly 20 years."

From Men's Health Magazine: "In a lab in Georgia, researchers are conducting amazing—and highly controversial—experiments on a group of monkeys. Their goal: Crack the code of one of humanity's most debilitating diseases."