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    Shaking Palsy, aka Parkinson's Disease, is Still a Mystery

    This article discusses disease etiology, history and symptoms of Parkinson's disease as well as ongoing research and new treatment options. Introduction There are hundreds of diseases named after a person. These are called "eponymous diseases," and a small sample includes Crohn's disease, Salmonellosis, Huntington's disease, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Lou Gehrig's disease, Tourette's syndrome and the well-known Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's Disease (PD). PD is one of...
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    FDA Approves First DTC Tests Evaluating Genetic Risk Information

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorized the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases and conditions. The authorization for the genetic testing company 23andMe means individuals for the first time will be able to use these tests to understand their genetic predispositions for certain diseases and conditions without first seeing a doctor. “Consumers can now have direct access to certain genetic risk information,”...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Neurological Device Trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday finalized its guidance for sponsors looking to submit an investigational device exemption (IDE) to conduct clinical trials for neurological devices targeting disease progression in diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. "FDA believes that neurological devices intended to slow disease progression and improve clinical outcomes that are meaningful to patients may represent a revolutionary option for patients," FDA w...
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    Neurological Device Trials: FDA Offers Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance to assist sponsors who intend to submit an investigational device exemption (IDE) to conduct clinical trials on medical devices targeting neurological disease progression, including for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or primary dystonia. “Medical devices intended to slow, stop, or reverse the effects of neurological disease face challenges with regard to collecting safety and efficacy d...
  • Patient Group Collaborations Continue as Sanofi, Michael J Fox. Foundation Team Up

    • 20 April 2012
    Following in the footsteps of other successful partnerships between pharmaceutical manufacturers and patient groups, French life sciences company Sanofi is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to collaborate on testing a new treatment for Parkinson's disease. The partnership will test a compound known as AVE 8112, a phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor, in a phase 1 b clinical trial to assess the drug's safety and tolerability, Sanofi said in a statement. ...