Author Archives: Marisa Wexler

Medication Side Effects Tied to Higher Blood Transfusion Rates

People with Parkinson’s disease who experience side effects from their medications are more likely to require a blood transfusion, a new analysis indicates. Digestive problems, particularly bleeding in the gut, also was associated with a higher likelihood of Parkinson’s patients needing a blood transfusion. “The findings of this study…

Direct-to-brain Levodopa, Curcumin Treatment May Merit Closer Look

Nanoparticles that simultaneously deliver levodopa and curcumin, a potentially neuroprotective compound, directly to the brain may be “a promising novel therapy for treating Parkinson’s disease,” researchers in Brazil and France reported. The tiny particles created by these scientists might also help to overcome some of the drawbacks of current …

Two Exercise Programs Improve Dexterity, Quality of Life: Study

Two different types of rehabilitation-focused exercise programs — activity-based training and strength exercises — improved measures of dexterity and upper limb function in a small clinical trial of people with Parkinson’s disease. The study, “Effect of Activity-Based Training Versus Strengthening Exercises on Upper Extremity Functions in Parkinson’s Patients; A…

High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Fewer Cognitive Problems in Study

People with Parkinson’s disease who have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood are less likely to experience cognitive impairment or dementia, a new study suggests. The results provide support for future research to test whether vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of cognitive problems for Parkinson’s…

UB-312 Vaccine Well Tolerated by Healthy Adults in Ongoing Trial

UB-312, an experimental vaccine targeting aggregated and toxic forms of alpha-synuclein to treat Parkinson’s disease, was generally well tolerated at multiple doses in a clinical trial in healthy adults. Study data also suggest that UB-312 prompted an immune response, as designed, against the alpha-synuclein protein. With two doses now selected…

Spine Implants May Help Clear Up Orthostatic Hypotension

Electrical implants in the spine can clear up feelings of lightheadedness upon standing — the result of a condition called orthostatic hypotension — in people with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, new research shows. Orthostatic hypotension refers to a sudden drop in blood pressure when a person moves from…

Oral GT-02287 Shows Potential to Support Nerve Cell Health

Treatment with GT-02287, an experimental oral therapy for Parkinson’s disease, corrected numerous damaging abnormalities associated with Parkinson’s in cell models, according to new data shared at a recent conference. “The data we presented at the Synuclein Meeting demonstrates further encouraging disease modifying potential for patients with Parkinson’s disease who currently…