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Living well with Parkinson’s: an introduction

One in every 500 people has Parkinsons. With the right care plan in place, you can combat the effects of this disease and manage the condition effectively.

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05 December 2016

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Diabetes Pill that could stave off Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s

Mail-on-line – Monday 30th November 2015

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02 December 2015

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The Good Care Group supports Parkinson’s Awareness Week – 7th-13th April 2014

At The Good Care Group we care for a number of individuals living with Parkinson’s and understand how it can affect daily living and quality of life for those living with the condition, which affects 127,000 people in the UK.

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07 April 2014

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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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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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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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People with Parkinson’s perform dance at conference

A group of Irish and Italian people with Parkinson’s disease gave an Irish dance performance at a health conference in County Clare – three years after an Italian neurologist set up a study group to examine the effect of Irish set dancing on Parkinson’s patients.

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14 August 2013

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An overview of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s Awareness Week, organised by UK charity Parkinson’s UK recently took place (11th – 17th April 2011). It is designed to raise awareness of the condition and reassure and support people

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25 April 2011