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Parkinson's Gene Therapy Wires New Brain Circuits

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental gene therapy for Parkinson's disease seems to work by rewiring key areas of the brain, a new study finds. The researchers focused on 15 Parkinson's patients who, in an earlier trial,…

Parkinson's Patients Can Have a Normal Life Span

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If thinking skills aren't affected, a person with Parkinson's disease can live a normal life span, a new study suggests. "This is good news for many people with Parkinson's and their families," study…

Could the Appendix Play a Key Role in Parkinson's Disease?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests that removing it may lower the risk for Parkinson's…

Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene therapy might help improve motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease who aren't responding to other therapies, an early study has found. "This is not a cure of Parkinson's…

ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson's

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson's, new research warns. What's more, among "those ADHD…

Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your eyes could provide early evidence that you're developing Parkinson's disease, a small study out of South Korea suggests. People with early Parkinson's appear to experience a thinning of their…

Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he's been living with Parkinson's disease for more than three years. "The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years…

Parkinson's Meds Tied to Higher Rate of Gambling, Sex Addiction Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Compulsive gambling. Shopping until your money has run out. Eating until you've grown obese. Relentless sexual risk-taking. Medications that restore normal movement in patients with Parkinson's…

Clues to Parkinson's May Be Shed in Tears

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests. When people shed tears, certain proteins are released. Levels of those proteins are different in people…

Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Music legend Neil Diamond announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will no longer be able to perform live. "It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce…

Can Caffeine Levels in Blood Predict Parkinson's?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The way your body processes your morning cup of coffee might indicate whether or not you have Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Japanese researchers found that low levels of caffeine were…