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Study Suggests That Gut Fungi Are Not Associated With Parkinson’s Disease

January 21, 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – The bacterial gut microbiome is strongly associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but no studies had previously investigated the role of fungi in the gut. In this novel study published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, a team of investigators at the University of British Columbia examined whether the fungal constituents of the gut microbiome are associated with PD. Their research indicated that gut fungi are not a contributing factor, thereby refuting the need for any potential anti-fungal treatments of the gut in PD patients.

January 21, 2021

Approximately Half of Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Cases are Mild, One-Fifth are Severe

January 14, 2021 - Boston, MA, USA – What percent of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently have severe dementia? Do more people have mild disease? Or are the majority suffering with moderate dementia? A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease using data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) sheds light on these trends.

January 14, 2021

New Evidence: Effects of Huntington’s Disease Mutation May Begin in Childhood

January 6, 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – There is growing evidence to support the hypothesis that there is a neurodevelopmental component to the late-onset neurodegeneration occurring in the brain of huntingtin gene (HTT gene) mutation carriers, and that this increased susceptibility to brain cell death begins during childhood. Experts discuss the evidence that the HTT gene mutation affects brain and body growth based on a unique study of children at risk for HD, the Kids-HD study, in a review paper and accompanying research article published in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease.

January 6, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Disabilities, Caregivers and Healthcare Providers

January 4, 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with disabilities has not received much attention, perhaps because the disease disproportionately affects older individuals. In this special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine experts assess the impact of the pandemic on pediatric patients with special needs, their caregivers, and healthcare providers. They also focus on the growing importance of telemedicine and provide insights and recommendations for mitigating the impact of the virus in the short and long term.

January 4, 2021