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Promising trials for Parkinson’s gene therapy

A new type of gene therapy devised by Professor Nicholas Mazarakis, head of Gene Therapy at the Division of Brain Sciences at London’s Imperial College, has revealed results of its first human tests in The Lancet. The therapy, designed to treat Parkinson’s disease, delivers 3 genes into the area of the brain responsible for controlling movement, the striatum, using a modified virus which is closely related to HIV. The idea is that the genes will boost the body’s production of the chemical dopamine, in which Parkinson’s sufferers are deficient. The therapy hopes to offer a long-term solution which will stimulate ongoing dopamine production in a different group of cells. The treatment was first tested on rats and then primates, with surprising results, enabling movement in monkeys that had been disabled before treatment commenced. 15 trial participants were selected for the tests – 12 from France and 3 from the UK – all with advanced Parkinson’s disease. The results show that participant’s scores on movement assessment tests increased by an average of 30%, with results sustained over a 4 year follow up. Scans over this period revealed that participant’s brains were continuing to produce dopamine. More extensive trials will take place once the delivery method and dose has been optimised by researchers.

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21 February 2014

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Stretch your legs to grow your brain

A recent study carried out has shown that taking a regular brisk walk could slow down brain shrinkage and increase the size of parts of the brain linked to memory and planning.

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21 February 2014

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Could strokes be triggered by changes in the weather?

Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a link between cold weather and risk of stroke – the study results showed that cooler temperatures and variation in temperature meant people were more likely to suffer a fatal stroke.

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21 February 2014

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Could folic acid help to treat Parkinson’s?

Research recently carried out in Leicester indicates that folic acid could be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The research has received coverage on ITV and has also been published in the journal Nature.

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21 February 2014

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Dementia risk linked to high oestrogen levels and diabetes in older women

Research carried out by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research has shown that older women with naturally high levels of oestrogen who also suffer from diabetes are more likely to go on to develop dementia.

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21 February 2014

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Funding Care Fees

You might think the choice of living at home is a basic right of any individual – this is true in the majority of cases – but when faced with the impacts of Dementia this choice, for many, can only be achieved with a financial contribution from your local authority.

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22 January 2014

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Elderly should state preference for home care

New research shows that 9 out of 10 elderly people would prefer to be cared for at home, rather than going into residential care.

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07 January 2014

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Family Support Seminar: Your Care Choices – Saturday 25th January 2014

At The Good Care Group we truly understands the challenges families up face when planning long term care for a loved one.

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23 December 2013

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Research explores possibility of early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

A small study has taken place in Canada, with recent news claiming the tests carried out could accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease up to two years earlier than is currently possible.

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23 December 2013

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Could new protein stop Parkinson’s Disease?

Scientists at the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics (CDBG) and the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield have discovered a new protein which could be key in the fight against Parkinson’s.

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23 December 2013

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G8 pledge dementia cure or treatment by 2025

Health Ministers meeting for the G8 summit in London have announced their commitment to finding a treatment or cure for dementia as soon as 2025, with the UK announcing it aims to increase research funding to £132m by 2025.

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16 December 2013

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Class divisions affecting choice of palliative care

A recent major NHS study by Public Health England has shown that class divisions affect people’s access to the type of palliative care they desire. The research showed that those who are married are more likely to have the option of spending their final days at home, surrounded by their families, whilst those who are single or divorced are more likely to die in hospital.

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09 December 2013