Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

STAR Molecule to Restore GCase Activity Showing Early Potential

An oral candidate therapy for Parkinson’s disease called GT-02287 lowered the levels of alpha-synuclein accumulation and inflammation, and lessened behavioral deficits in animal models of the disease. “We are working diligently to advance this breakthrough compound to the clinic and bring it one step closer to meeting the currently unaddressed needs…

Nouryant Again Denied Marketing Approval in Europe

A committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a negative opinion for Nouryant (istradefylline) — approved as Nourianz in the U.S. — as an add-on medication for treating “off” episodes in those with Parkinson’s disease in the European Union. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is maintaining…

Lessening Dyskinesia With Duodopa Linked to Better Quality of Life

By lessening the involuntary movements, called dyskinesia, experienced by people with advanced Parkinson’s disease, treatment with AbbVie’s Duodopa (levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel) was linked with better health-related quality of life, according to a post-hoc analysis of a clinical trial. Duodopa treatment also was tied to other added benefits, namely…

ATH434 Eases Constipation, Other GI Symptoms in Mouse Model

An investigational therapy, ATH434 was able to reverse some gastrointestinal problems in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease, according to its developer Alterity Therapeutics. “Practicing clinicians are well aware of the substantial impact that these symptoms have on the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease,” David Stamler,…

FDA Expands Exablate Neuro’s Use as Motor Symptom Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Insightec’s incision-free brain “surgery” technology — Exablate Neuro — for the treatment of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients. According to the company, the device is indicated to use in patients with moderate-to-severe motor complications, such as tremors, stiffness and uncontrolled, involuntary movement…

Grants Support Researching Role of Non-neuronal Cell Types

Scientists at the Duke University School of Medicine have received two grants totaling $18 million to investigate how different cells in the brain and in the gut may foster the onset and progression of Parkinson’s disease. The grants from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative will fund two…

Study Assesses How Music Therapy May Improve Fine Motor Skills

A clinical study is assessing whether a specific type of rehabilitation therapy — called neurologic music therapy — may help people with Parkinson’s disease recover fine motor skills, such as those required for writing, self-care, and fine object manipulation. The trial (NCT03049033) is underway at the University of…

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