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Phantom Smells More Common Than Once Thought, Study Suggests

Olfactory hallucinations (OH), or phantom smells, were present in over 18% of people with Parkinson’s disease and were associated with the presence of other hallucination types, but not objective sense of smell, according to a recent study. The findings overall suggest that olfactory hallucinations are a more prevalent Parkinson’s…

Immunotolerance Molecules Show Promise in Mouse Model of PD

Preclinical research supports the potential of small molecules that modulate the immune system to halt Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression and ease motor symptoms. According to a new study, Aeterna Zentari’s autoimmunity-modifying biologicals (AIM Biologicals) were able to induce a state of immunotolerance in a mouse model of Parkinson’s…

High-dose Cranberry Juice Shows Potential to Protect Brain Cells

Concentrated cranberry juice eased signs associated with Parkinson’s disease in a chemically induced rat model, but its long-term use at high dose may affect the survival of brain cells, a study suggests. Further research is needed to determine an optimal dose of a cranberry juice concentrate with neuroprotective properties,…

No Causal Link Between IBD, Parkinson’s in Large-scale Analysis

No causal relationship was identified between Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or its major subtypes, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, in a large-scale European genetic analysis. More research is needed to determine whether other types of intestinal inflammation or unknown inflammatory mediators contribute to developing Parkinson’s,…

Hand Movement Triggers Eyeblinks in Parkinson’s Patient

Hand movements induced eyeblinks in a 70-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease, a case study reported for the first time. Although more studies are necessary, researchers suggest that eyeblink bursts induced by hand movements may be regarded as a potential hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. The case study, “…

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, at 25, Looks Ahead With Hope

Holly Shill, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute, is marking the facility’s 25th year with a bold prediction: within the next 25 years, researchers will find ways to prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression. Shill, a movement disorder neurologist, started as a neurology resident…