Lindsey Shapiro, PhD, science writer —

Lindsey earned her PhD in neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta, where she studied novel therapeutic strategies for treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. She was awarded a fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society in 2019 for this research. Lindsey also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the role of inflammation in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Articles by Lindsey Shapiro

Researchers Design New Approach to Help Medications Enter the Brain

Researchers have developed a new method of temporarily opening the selective blood-brain barrier (BBB) to allow therapeutic molecules greater access to the brain. Difficulties in developing molecules that can cross this barrier have long hindered the development of treatments for neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s disease. The technique could now…

Buntanetap Shows Efficacy, Supports Soon-to-open Phase 3 Study

Buntanetap, Annovis Bio’s investigational oral treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, was safe and showed effectiveness in people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, a presentation of Phase 2 trial data showed, paving the way for Phase 3 testing in a larger patient group. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the…

More, Worse Parkinson’s Pain for Women Than Men, Study Reveals

Women with Parkinson’s disease experience more and worse pain than men with the neurodegenerative condition, according to a new study that highlights sex differences in the prevalence and severity of these symptoms. Chronic pain, pain related to motor symptom fluctuations, mouth/face (oro-facial) pain, and discoloration/swelling were all more prevalent…

Stigma of Parkinson’s Influenced by Other Conditions

More co-existing health conditions in people with Parkinson’s disease is associated with a greater self-perception of stigma and a lower quality of life, a study has found. Thyroid disease, depression and anxiety each were linked to stigma and life quality, with demographic factors — including a younger age, less education…

Introns in DNA, Largely Ignored, May Be Parkinson Determinants

Researchers have identified distinct changes to introns — a historically understudied component of genes — associated with the presence and progression of Parkinson’s disease. Learning more about these changes and the signaling pathways they impact may help in identifying biomarkers and treatment targets for the neurodegenerative disease, the researchers…

Poor Sleep Seems to Worsen Parkinson’s Symptoms

Poor quality of sleep is linked to worse motor and nonmotor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease, a study has found. Greater deviations from an estimated ideal bedtime, time in bed, and duration of sleep are linked to more severe symptoms, data show. “Sleep disorders have a significant effect…

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