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Released: 3-Apr-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Patients with Parkinson's disease face unique 'hidden sorrows' related to the COVID-19
IOS Press

Experts writing in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease discuss potentially grave consequences for Parkinson's disease patients related to social distancing, but also opportunities like new avenues for research and initiatives that may offer positive help and support

27-Mar-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Study: Therapy by Phone Is Effective for Depression in People with Parkinson’s
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Depression is common in people with Parkinson’s disease and contributes to faster physical and mental decline, but it is often overlooked and undertreated. The good news is that participating in cognitive-behavioral therapy by telephone may be effective in reducing depression symptoms for people with Parkinson’s, according to a study published in the April 1, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

1-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Managing Negative Thoughts Helps Combat Depression in Parkinson’s Patients
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

People with Parkinson’s disease who engage in cognitive behavioral therapy — a form of psychotherapy that increases awareness of negative thinking and teaches coping skills — are more likely to overcome depression and anxiety, according to a Rutgers study.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 9:40 AM EDT
University of Kentucky Research Could Help Predict Progression of Parkinson's Disease
University of Kentucky

Researchers from the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine are leading a clinical study that could provide a promising new method for early detection of Parkinson’s disease.

Newswise: ‘Natural killer’ cells could halt Parkinson’s progression
Released: 16-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
‘Natural killer’ cells could halt Parkinson’s progression
University of Georgia

Researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and their colleagues have found that “natural killer” white blood cells could guard against the cascade of cellular changes that lead to Parkinson’s disease and help stop its progression.

Released: 12-Mar-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Let's Dance: FSU researchers investigate how tango may help Parkinson's patients
Florida State University

Parkinson’s disease takes a lot from its victims.Patients often notice its onset as a tremor in one of their hands. As it progresses, it can impair balance, change speech patterns, alter thinking and dramatically affect movement.There is no cure, but there are ways to improve symptoms.

6-Mar-2020 4:05 PM EST
Vision Problems May Be Common in People with Parkinson’s Disease
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Vision and eye problems like blurry vision, dry eyes, trouble with depth perception, and problems adjusting to rapid changes in light are much more common in people with Parkinson’s disease than in people without the disorder, according to a study published in the March 11, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found such problems can influence a person’s daily activities.

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Released: 10-Mar-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Patient-friendly brain imager gets green light toward first prototype
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has received a $6 million grant from the the National Institutes of Health to build a prototype medical device that would make magnetoencephalography (MEG) — a type of noninvasive brain scan — more comfortable, more accessible and potentially more accurate.

24-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Can Boxing Improve Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with Parkinson’s disease who participate in a special, non-contact boxing program may have better quality of life and be more likely to exercise than those who do not participate, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

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