APDA CENTER AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL REPORTS EXCITING CORRELATION BETWEEN GLUCOCEREBROSIDASE ACTIVITY AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE

In an exciting new study, researchers at the APDA-funded Center studied the relationship between the activity of the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) enzyme and the risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD). This insight may help shed light on possible future treatments. The glucocerebrosidase (GBA) enzyme, encoded by the GBA gene, is a protein used by the body to […]

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New Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Technology Now Available

Medtronic announces introduction of Percept PC Neurostimulator with Brainsense Technology On June 26, 2020 Medtronic announced the introduction of an upgraded deep brain stimulation (DBS) system known as PerceptTM PC Neurostimulator with BrainsenseTM Technology. The technology in the new system is the first to not only deliver electrical stimulation to the brain, with the goal […]

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A statement from APDA in this time of unrest

All of us at the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) support equality for all and reject racism.  Our programs are open to everyone and we foster a safe and welcoming place for all to join us, whether virtually or in person.  Disparities and injustice exist on many levels, including within the healthcare system. At APDA, […]

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New medication approved by FDA for OFF symptoms

Kynmobi Sunovion Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Kynmobi® (apomorphine hydrochloride), a new sublingual medication for fast relief of OFF symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Apomorphine acts as a dopamine agonist, mimicking the effects of dopamine in the brain. It was previously only available as Apokyn, an injectable medication that provides […]

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New drug approved for OFF episodes

Today, Neurocrine Biosciences announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ONGENTYS ® (opicapone), a new medication for treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Opicapone is a catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor to be used once-daily as an add-on treatment to levodopa for patients who are experiencing OFF time with their current medication regimen. Opicapone is in […]

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The FDA approves F-Dopa PET imaging to aid in early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

The FDA approves F-Dopa PET imaging to aid in early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease The FDA recently approved Flourodopa F18 (F-Dopa), a radioactive tracer for positron emission tomography (PET) that can help visualize the nerve endings of dopaminergic neurons. It can be used to help in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other parkinsonian […]

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Deep brain stimulation and swimming

Deep brain stimulation and swimming Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms in which small wires are inserted deep into the brain to deliver electrical current that allows for maintenance of more normal movement. DBS is particularly helpful for those with medication-resistant tremors as well as for those who […]

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Promising results from the University of Pittsburgh APDA Center for Advanced Research

Promising results from the University of Pittsburgh APDA Center for Advanced Research Building off of pivotal APDA-funded work highlighted here, Dr. J. Timothy Greenamyre and his team, published a new study  investigating the role of Leucine-rich Repeat Kinase (LRRK2) in the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD). LRRK2 is known to be mutated in a small […]

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