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Parkinson’s UK Opens Initiative to Bring Racial Groups Into Research

A Parkinson’s UK effort to bring greater racial and ethnic inclusivity to research into Parkinson’s disease is moving forward with new collaborations and a diverse steering group. The organization announced its initiative in March, aiming to improve ethnic representation in Parkinson’s investigations and clinical trials — with an early focus on Black…

COVID-19 Hurt Emotional Well-being of Caregivers, Survey Shows

According to an online survey, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected the caregivers of patients with Parkinson’s disease, with a large proportion of caregivers reporting feeling sadness and anxiety. The findings of the study, “COVID-19’s Impact on Burden and Nutrition for Family Caregivers of People With Parkinson’s Disease,”…

Common Scale of Motor Symptom Severity May Have Flaws: Study

A commonly used measure of how motor symptoms are affecting daily life could also — for people in early stages of Parkinson’s disease — be taking into account the contribution of their non-motor symptoms, a study suggests. This is a likely reason for the discrepancies seen in evaluations made by patients…

Alpha-synuclein Test May Aid Earlier Diagnosis

Researchers have developed a highly-sensitive alpha-synuclein-based test that accurately distinguishes people with Parkinson’s from those without the disease and those with other alpha-synucleinopathies, which sometimes are difficult to distinguish based on symptoms alone. The test also was able to predict the future conversion to Parkinson’s among people with…

Argobio Partners With GeneCode to Develop GDNF Mimetics

Argobio and GeneCode are teaming up to develop small molecules mimicking glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), a protein that helps nerve cells survive, for the treatment of Parkinson’s and other diseases. The collaboration builds on previous work by researchers at GeneCode, who together with Mart Saarma, PhD,…

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