Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Web-Based Speech Tool May Help ID Parkinson’s in Real World

A new tool that analyzes speech using real-world, web-based recordings — participants are recorded via a webcam and a microphone connected to a personal computer or laptop — identified Parkinson’s disease patients with 74% accuracy, a study demonstrated. Moreover, this speech tool — called Parkinson’s Analysis with Remote Kinetic-tasks,…

Study Finds No Differences in Cognitive Abilities Between Sexes

No differences in cognitive abilities were identified between men and women with Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. Although no tests were conducted, the researchers suggested the lack of cognitive differences between male and female patients, which is found in aging healthy individuals, may be due to the…

Extended Dosing Improves Safety of IkT-148009, Animal Studies Show

The safety profile of IkT-148009, an investigational oral medication for Parkinson’s disease, improved the longer the drug was dosed, demonstrating target selectivity, according to interim three-month animal data. The ongoing toxicology studies, conducted by the therapy’s developer, Inhibikase Therapeutics, were designed to meet regulatory requirements for regular…

MJFF Details Need for Diversity in Parkinson’s Research, Care

Current understanding of Parkinson’s disease does not reflect patients from diverse socioeconomic or ethnic backgrounds, and they remain poorly represented in research, according to a position paper from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). “The current picture of PD [Parkinson’s disease] has been assembled from…

Immune Cells Found to Cooperate to Fight Toxic Protein Clumps

Immune cells in the brain responsible for breaking down the toxic protein clumps, or aggregates, that lead to nerve cell death in Parkinson’s disease join together to form networks to share the burden, a study showed for the first time. These networked cells also share energy-producing mitochondria to help…

Vanqua Bio Will Use $85M Funding to Advance New Tech Platform

Vanqua Bio has raised $85 million in funding to accelerate the development of its small molecule technology platform for treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Led by Omega Funds, the Series B financing will advance the research of Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, of Northwestern University, an…

New Analysis Reveals Gene Activity That May Underlie Parkinson’s

Studies on twins and families have suggested that susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease has a substantial genetic component. Now, an analysis of gene activity in different brain tissues has identified gene candidates that may be directly involved in causing the neurodegenerative disorder. The study, “A transcriptome-wide association study…

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