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Parkinsonís Research Now: What Can Alzheimerís Tell Us About Parkinsonís?

Welcome to Parkinson’s Research Now, which provides information on the latest science advances and what they mean for you. In this issue, we focus on two new studies demonstrating similarities between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Can the study of one disease benefit the other?


What an Alzheimer’s Study Tells Us About Parkinson’s

Last week, scientists at Columbia University, home of a PDF-funded Research Center, published a study about the “spread” of Alzheimer’s in the brain in the February 1 issue of PLoS One. Similar ideas have been studied for Parkinson’s. What does this latest finding tell us about our understanding of brain diseases … and the future of Parkinson’s science?
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Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Predicts Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s

MRI scans can be helpful in measuring changes in the brain due to Alzheimer’s disease. Can they also help doctors to better diagnose and then treat cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s? A study published in the November 21, 2011 issue of Brain, led by Daniel Weintraub, M.D., says one day they will. See our team’s take and commentary directly from Dr. Weintraub about what the finding may mean for you.
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More Science News on & Your Questions

It has been a busy few months since our last research update in October. I urge you to browse PDF's science news, which includes reports on a new deep brain stimulation device and the factors that affect life expectancy in Parkinson’s.

I hope you will find these reports informative. If have any additional questions, please feel free to call PDF’s HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or email us at
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