One of the last measures of defense used against Parkinson's is deep brain stimulation aimed at amping up nerve cells in the brain. But the treatment method is imprecise and has an erratic and often limited impact on patients. Now researchers say they were able to target a particular set of brain cells with a new therapy that demonstrated real promise for eventually treating Parkinson's.
With the Alzheimer's Association International Conference underway in Washington, DC, there's been a big focus on the late-stage pipeline. But scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center were focused on new animal data that they say supports work on a new group of antibodies that can tackle two of the chief culprits behind the brain-damaging disease.
Two months removed from winning European approval for its lead drug, Italian biotech Newron Pharmaceuticals has raised $25.5 million to jump-start its pipeline assets, pushing forward with a stable of CNS candidates.
European patients using certain models of Medtronic's Activa line of Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy neurostimulators can receive a full-body MRI scan while continuing to receive therapy, the company announced.
Researchers have discovered that a skin sample taken from behind the ear of patients with either Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease had levels of the protein tau 7 times higher than those without the condition. Those with Parkinson's showed levels of alpha-synuclein protein that were 8 times higher than those in the control group.
Portuguese researchers are developing and testing a smart, portable system to manage Parkinson's disease in real time. The so-called Rempark system has been tested on more than 50 volunteers from Spain, Italy, Ireland and Israel, reports Medical Xpress. Unlike previous studies, these outpatients lived at home and used the device in real-world conditions.
Kees Been has banked the $20 million round needed to move a bold new development program for delaying or preventing Parkinson's toward the clinic. And the veteran biotech CEO at the helm of Lysosomal Therapeutics Inc. is moving forward with a group of high-profile backers in his corner.
When you want to develop a drug for, say, cancer, objective measures such as survival rate can tell regulators just how effective it is compared to a standard drug or placebo. But in diseases involving the brain, scientists often have to settle for crude measures for assessing how patients perform or feel after treatment. And the wild card here is a placebo effect that can be very difficult to factor into studies and has been fingered for the death of multiple development programs.
The Florida branch of The Scripps Research Institute is touting some new advances related to Parkinson's disease. Researchers say they have been working on new therapies that can precisely hit pathways critical for the death of brain cells, a hallmark of the disease. And they're now fine tuning their work by focusing on the oral bioavailability of their new drug candidates.
The FDA just approved AbbVie's novel formulation of the standard Parkinson's drugs carbidopa and levodopa, Duopa, which is delivered straight into the patient's small intestine over 16 consecutive hours using an infusion pump and procedurally placed tube.