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2012-04-27 11:28:14

The following research from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center is being presented at the 64th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), April 21-26, 2012, in New Orleans. ORAL PRESENTATIONS Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation Is Transiently Impaired after Large-Vessel Acute Ischemic Stroke Authors: Nils Petersen, Santiago Ortega-Gutierrez, Andres Reccius, Amy Huang, Arjun Masurkar, and Randolph Marshall Background/Significance: Dynamic...

2012-04-25 06:23:12

--New Fundraising Walk Launching in Miami, Boca Raton and Tallahassee in 2012-- MIAMI, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has agreed to be honorary chair of the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) 2012 Moving Day walks in Florida. Three Moving Day walks are scheduled in Florida: Miami, Oct. 7; Boca Raton, Oct. 21; and Tallahassee, Sept. 29. Moving Day is the first national campaign to spotlight Parkinson's disease (PD) awareness on a grassroots...

2012-04-20 06:22:01

ATLANTA, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To help people learn more about the full range of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, global biopharmaceutical company UCB, Inc., is launching a new online community -- Parkinson's More than Motion(TM) -- that provides a platform for people living with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers to interact and learn from others with the condition. Part of this launch is the debut of a new reality-style video series depicting real families...

2012-04-18 10:46:54

Suggests way disorder progresses over time in humans Last year, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that small amounts of a misfolded brain protein can be taken up by healthy neurons, replicating within them to cause neurodegeneration. The protein, alpha-synuclein (a-syn), is commonly found in the brain, but forms characteristic clumps called Lewy bodies, in neurons of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative...

2012-04-10 09:08:59

Persistent ocular tremors that prevent eye stability during fixation appear to be common among patients with Parkinson disease (PD) suggesting that precise oculomotor testing could provide an early physiological biomarker for diagnosing PD, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. "Although a number of studies describe various oculomotor abnormalities in subjects with PD, conflicts about the specific deficits remain," writes George...

2012-03-02 13:44:32

Molecular 'tweezers' break up toxic aggregations of proteins Millions of people suffer from Parkinson's disease, a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and worsens over time. As the world's population ages, it's estimated that the number of people with the disease will rise sharply. Yet despite several effective therapies that treat Parkinson's symptoms, nothing slows its progression. While it's not known what exactly causes the disease, evidence points to one particular...

2012-02-23 13:43:46

Patients studied produced pictures, sculptures, novels and poetry Some Parkinson's Disease patients can suddenly become creative when they take dopamine therapy, producing pictures, sculptures, novels and poetry. But their new-found interests can become so overwhelming that they ignore other aspects of their everyday life, such as daily chores and social activities, according to research published in the March issue of the European Journal of Neurology. Italian researchers studied 36...

2012-02-21 11:00:00

New campaign to improve hospital care for over 1 million people with Parkinson's disease; Emerging data shows hospitalization puts Parkinson's patients at great risk MIAMI, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the launch of the Aware in Care campaign today, the first-ever, nationwide initiative to address the growing problem of poor hospital care for over one million people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Aware in Care features a free...

2012-02-16 09:12:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroPhage Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded funding by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to conduct pre-clinical research targeting alpha-synuclein, a protein whose clumping is the pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). This is NeuroPhage's first grant from MJFF. "It is a privilege to collaborate with MJFF toward the development of our novel therapeutic approach. This grant will provide...

2012-02-08 10:22:40

Treatments for Parkinson's disease, estimated to affect 1 million Americans, have yet to prove effective in slowing the progression of the debilitating disease. However, University of Alabama researchers have identified how a specific gene protects dopamine-producing neurons from dying in both animal models and in cultures of human neurons, according to a scientific article publishing in the Feb. 8 edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. This increased understanding of the gene's...