Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Genetic Testing Costly, Hard to Access, Survey Shows

High prices, lack of access, and long waiting times are major barriers to people who want to undergo genetic testing for Parkinson’s disease, according to a survey by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). Survey results will be presented at the MDS Virtual Congress 2021, held…

No Need for Nausea Treatment for Most Patients on Kynmobi

The majority of Parkinson’s patients given Sunovion‘s Kynmobi (apomorphine hydrochloride) for “off” episodes during Phase 3 clinical trials did not require additional treatment for vomiting or nausea, the company said. Indeed, an analysis found that nearly 90% of participants reached the optimal dose of Kynmobi in trials without…

1 in 3 Parkinson’s Patients Struggle to Learn New Tasks

One in three people with early to mid-stage Parkinson’s disease were found to have difficulties in learning a new task by following instructions. The deficits were more prone during the early stages of learning, when new memories are being made, and were linked to poorer activation of certain brain…

Non-invasive ‘Smell’ Test May Speed Diagnosis

A non-invasive test that measures signals from the olfactory bulb — the part of the brain responsible for scent-perception — may aid in the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. The test, called an electrobulbogram, also also can inform about disease duration, severity, and the…

ADHD Therapy May Aid Cognition, Impulse Control in Parkinson’s

A medicine approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), called atomoxetine, could help to improve thinking and impulse control in certain people with Parkinson’s disease, a small study suggests. Patients with the greatest loss of integrity in a part of the brainstem called locus coeruleus, evident on a brain scan,…

Telehealth, Wearable Sensors Show Life Quality Gains in Small Study

Telehealth, together with wearable sensors that accurately monitor symptoms like tremor, may help to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease, a small, single-center study suggests. Patients in the study also expressed comfort with online health checkups and the sensory device used, but many still preferred in-person care.

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