Experts Propose Revising the Criteria for Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease with a View Towards Earlier Treatment and Prevention

What is known about the “prodromal” phase of Parkinson’s disease and how measurement and better understanding may enable earlier treatment, and even prevention, by the year 2040 are explored in a special issue to JPD

February 5, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – In the past 25 years, it has become clear that some symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) occur decades before the development of motor symptoms and clinical diagnosis, and that monitoring these emerging symptoms may provide important insights into the origin and development of the disease. Understanding this "prodromal" phase, along with the development of new treatments, may enable earlier treatment to prevent the disease from developing, according to experts writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. More...

February 5, 2019

The Search for Environmental Causes of Parkinson’s Disease Moves Forward

Scientists evaluate promising research hypotheses for understanding environmental triggers in Parkinson’s disease and propose future directions for research

January 31, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Environmental factors are widely believed to play a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease (PD), but little is known about specific environmental triggers. Writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, scientists review novel research hypotheses and approaches that may help better define the role of environment in the development of PD, especially before a diagnosis can be made based on the characteristic motor dysfunction for which PD is known. More...

January 31, 2019

Expert-Based Clinical Guidelines Focus on Behavioral Symptoms in Huntington’s Disease

Clinicians treating patients with HD are often not trained to recognize or treat neuropsychiatric symptoms of the disease, according to new guidelines published in JHD

January 30, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Although Huntington’s disease (HD) is traditionally thought of as a neurological disorder, behavioral symptoms are a common feature and frequently cause distress and difficulty to patients, family members, and other caregivers. Since an estimated 70% of US patients with HD do not seek specialist care, they are often treated by general practitioners, general neurologists, and psychiatrists, many of whom may not be trained to recognize or treat HD-related behavioral symptoms. More...

January 30, 2019

Emerging Evidence of an Impending Parkinson’s Disease Pandemic Identified

Experts discuss reasons for the increasing number of patients with Parkinson’s disease and the challenges that need to be overcome to prevent and slow down a pandemic, in an open access special issue of JPD

January 29, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – For most of human history Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been a rare disorder. However, demography and the by-products of industrialization are now contributing to an impending Parkinson’s pandemic, according to experts writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. They say that this pandemic can be addressed by the Parkinson’s community forming a "PACT" to prevent the disease, advocate for policies and resources aimed at slowing its spread, care for all those affected, and treat with effective and novel therapies. More...

January 29, 2019