Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

How Parkinson’s May Affect Sexes Differently Examined in US Study

Men with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease may experience greater effects of the disease on certain aspects of their life than women, according to a study of patients living in the southeastern U.S. Specifically, men were found to have worse motor symptoms, daily life-related impairments, disease-related quality of life, and more…

Online Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals Begins

The Parkinson’s Foundation has launched a new education series for healthcare professionals to improve the treatment and health outcomes of people with Parkinson’s disease. The Education Series for Community Providers, developed in collaboration with the CVS Health Foundation, seeks to expand patients’ access to high quality healthcare…

Virtual Reality System May Help Diagnose Parkinson’s

DiagnaMed Holdings will develop a virtual reality and artificial intelligence tool (VR/AI Neuro) for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease. The company acquired an exclusive worldwide license of intellectual property from the KU Center for Technology Commercialization, at the University of Kansas, for the…

Suppressing Enzyme Synuclein Nitrase Could Lead to New Therapies

Nitrase Therapeutics showed suppressing the activity of an enzyme called synuclein nitrase reduces toxic clumps of the alpha-synuclein protein and normalizes the electrical activity of dopamine-producing, or dopaminergic, neurons derived from Parkinson’s patients. The accumulation of toxic alpha-synuclein clumps is the underlying cause of the progressive death of…

Insecticide Impairs Gastrointestinal Function, May Increase Disease Risk

Being exposed to insecticides impacts gastrointestinal function and might increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a new study in mice shows. The research also shows exposure to a specific insecticide disrupts dopaminergic brain circuitries, and leads to motor deficits associated with Parkinson’s. When it comes to neurological disorders,…

Amneal’s Extended-release Carbidopa/Levodopa to Get Review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ application for IPX203, its extended-release carbidopa/levodopa (CD/LD) tablet for Parkinson’s disease. Results from the Phase 3 RISE-PD clinical trial (NCT03670953) showed IPX203 can control Parkinson’s symptoms safely and effectively for longer periods with less frequent dosing,…

Neurotherapeutic Program Aims to Improve Motor, Cognitive Functions

MindMaze is partnering with Mount Sinai Health System in New York to accelerate the access of people with neurological diseases to a pioneer digital neurotherapeutic program to improve patients’ motor and cognitive functions. The program aims to provide high-dose and high-intensity training to improve the brain’s ability…

Aggression Aimed at Caregivers in Parkinson’s Linked to Patients’ Grief

Aggression aimed at caregivers in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders is associated with patients’ grief in coping with disease progression and related losses, a new study suggests. Fluctuations in cognition also play a role, researchers say. But these behavioral disturbances have serious consequences for caregivers, according to investigators, who…

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