Parkinson’s expert calls for COVID-style response to the world’s fastest growing disease

12 January, 2021 | Posted in:

Parkinson’s is the world’s fastest growing neurological disorder. Between 1990 and 2015 the number of individuals diagnosed with the condition doubled from 2.6 million to a staggering 6.3 million worldwide (‘Ending Parkinson’s Disease‘).  Here in the UK, national charity Parkinson’s UK estimates that there are 145,000 people in the UK who have been diagnosed with […]

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Parkinson’s and the COVID-19 vaccine – guidance from the Movement Disorders Society

5 January, 2021 | Posted in:

The Movement Disorders Society (MDS) have issued a statement regarding the COVID-19 vaccine with specific information for those with Parkinson’s.  They are encouraging the healthcare community to recommend COVID-19 vaccination to people living with Parkinson’s, or their caregivers, unless there is a very specific known reason not to. Key to this advisory statement is the […]

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Potential Parkinson’s disease-modifying treatment on the horizon

8 December, 2020 | Posted in:

The next phase of trials into a potential disease-modifying treatment for Parkinson’s is set to begin after funding was secured this week.  Abfero received funds to complete pre-clinical testing of SP-420, a potential DMT option which removes iron compounds in the central nervous system, and to explore development of other iron-removing compounds. Iron has been […]

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Scientists may be able to diagnose Parkinson’s via the eye

3 December, 2020 | Posted in:

Exciting new research suggests there may be a new, cheap, and non-invasive way to diagnose Parkinson’s – through an eye examination. The retina of the eye, recognised as being a ‘window to the brain’, could provide the visual access needed to view and diagnose neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. A team of researchers at the […]

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New mental health app may improve cognition in Parkinson’s

20 November, 2020 | Posted in:

An NHS cognitive training app may help improve the cognitive health of those living with Parkinson’s. Early research conducted in the Netherlands found that those who used MyCognition regularly over a 24 week period reversed the decline in their overall cognitive health.  Whilst these positive findings must be taken with an element of caution owing […]

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Faculty member nominated for Nurse Leader of the Year 2020

6 November, 2020 | Posted in:

Dr Annette Hand has been nominated as Nurse Leader of the Year in the Nursing Times Awards 2020. Annette is a Nurse Consultant and Associate Professor at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as a Faculty member of Parkinson’s Academy. She is also Clinical Lead for Nursing within the Parkinson’s UK Excellence Network. Annette […]

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Latest research highlights growing evidence for environmental and prodromal factors in Parkinson’s

21 September, 2020 | Posted in:

A team of researchers have just published findings of an increased incidence of Parkinson’s associated with environmental, genetic and prodromal factors. This study is the latest in a growing body of research suggesting that the prevention of Parkinson’s, the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, is possible. The team, led by Benjamin Jacobs and […]

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