The Search for the Holy Grail: Promising Strategies for Slowing, Stopping, or Reversing Parkinson’s Disease

Experts review current research trends and evaluate which of these are likely to succeed over the next two decades, in a special supplement to JPD

February 12, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Understanding of the processes involved in Parkinson's disease (PD) degeneration has vastly improved over the last 20 years. In this insightful review published in an open access special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, experts consider which of the existing strategies to slow down or stop the degenerative processes of PD are most likely to be successful over the next 20 years. More...

February 12, 2019

The Involvement of the Gut in Parkinson’s Disease: Hype or Hope?

Experts review evidence that, at least in some patients, the disease may begin in the gut, and examine key research issues needing resolution, in a special supplement to JPD

February 7, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – There is growing evidence that at least in some patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), the disease may begin in the gut. Writing in an open access special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, experts explore the last two decades of research about the gut–brain axis in PD and look ahead at the possible development and impact of these research areas in the next two decades. More...

February 7, 2019

Expand the Role of Patients, the True Experts, in Neuromuscular Disease Research, Concludes International Workshop

Shared decision-making seen as an important instrument to obtain better research results and gain support and acceptance from the wider public, according to a new position paper published in JND

February 6, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – The old-fashioned paternalistic relationship between doctors and patients has gradually evolved into a more collaborative one in the era of patient-centered medicine. Shared decision-making (SDM), in which doctors and patients jointly decide on treatment or care, has emerged as a gold standard model of healthcare. Yet considerably less attention has been given to obtaining the patient’s perspective on neuromuscular research on such matters as research objectives, study design, or even consent. A position paper in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes conclusions reached at an international workshop that focused on finding creative solutions to integrate and enhance the patient's point of view in neuromuscular research. More...

February 6, 2019

Yoga Regimen Reduces Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Alleviates Depression, and Improves Patient Quality of Life

New research in RNN supports adding yoga as an adjunctive therapy to treat this chronic inflammatory disease

February 5, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – According a study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, eight weeks of intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating chronic auto-immune inflammatory disease. Marked improvements were seen in the levels of certain inflammatory biomarkers and assessments of functional status and disease activity in patients studied, demonstrating yoga’s promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative potential for achieving optimal health. More...

February 5, 2019