Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

AbbVie Files for FDA Approval of ABBV-951 Levodopa Infusion

AbbVie has submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ABBV-951 (foscarbidopa/foslevodopa), its investigational under-the-skin formulation of carbidopa/levodopa for the treatment of motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson’s disease. If approved, ABBV-951 will provide patients in the U.S. with a first-of-its-kind, 24-hour, continuous…

2 Weeks of Personalized Rehab Offered in New Wellness Program

A just-launched wellness program is offering a two-week, inpatient rehabilitation experience tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson’s disease. Its goal is to maximize patients’ independence. The program is being offered by the Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, in Edison, New Jersey. “In our new program, patients…

Phase 2a Study of IkT-148009 Expected to Start Soon

Inhibikase expects to begin a Phase 2a study of IkT-148009, its investigational therapy for Parkinson’s disease, in the second quarter of 2022, with dosing of the first patient being subject to clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Last year, the company began dosing IkT-148009…

Ketamine Eases Levodopa-induced Dyskinesia in Phase 2 Study

Treatment with the low-dose painkiller ketamine eased levodopa-induced dyskinesia (uncontrollable body movements) in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to results from a Phase 2 study sponsored by PharmaTher. The trial (NCT04912115) evaluated how well a low dose of ketamine that does not induce anesthesia works to reduce levodopa-induced…

Excessive Sweating Can Affect Patients With Dyskinesia, Anxiety

Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is fairly common among people with Parkinson’s and can worsen as the disease progresses, a three-year study of patients in early disease stages reported. Researchers also observed that hyperhidrosis was associated with motor symptoms like dyskinesia (uncontrollable movements) and often accompanied non-motor symptoms…