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Eye scan for detection:

Researchers have discovered indicators that can signal the existence of Parkinson's disease in individuals approximately seven years prior to the manifestation of clinical symptoms. This marks the initial instance in which such results have been demonstrated well in advance of an official diagnosis, and this achievement was enabled by the most extensive examination of retinal imaging in Parkinson's disease conducted to date.

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App to aid gait correction

A recently released application, collaboratively developed with individuals suffering from Parkinson's Disease, is now available to assist those managing the condition in improving their walking abilities and endurance. During the trial phase, the app's gait re-training feature was employed, allowing users to customize their training duration and speed preferences. This function then employs a rhythmic metronomic beat at three distinct walking speeds, aiming to stimulate movement. Additionally, the app offers helpful guidance, such as "maintain an upright posture," "keep your shoulders back," and "concentrate on taking larger steps." It also provides motivational audio commentary to encourage users during their training.

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Stem cells with AI is promising

Researchers have employed machine learning to accurately predict Parkinson's disease subtypes by analyzing stem cell images, achieving up to 95% accuracy. This breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize personalized medicine and enhance targeted drug research for Parkinson's. The study classified stem cell images into four distinct Parkinson's subtypes, with mitochondria and lysosomes in the cells being key indicators. This advancement enables tailored treatments for specific subtypes, showcasing the effectiveness of machine learning in predicting Parkinson's disease subtypes using patient-derived stem cell images.

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Brain stimulation for improved walking

A new non-drug and non-intrusive therapy holds the potential to provide substantial relief and rejuvenate walking abilities in individuals suffering from neurological disorders. Disruptions in walking patterns significantly impact the well-being of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, a condition afflicting millions worldwide. While there are several pharmaceutical, surgical, and rehabilitative treatments available, their efficacy is limited. However, a group of Japanese researchers has now overcome these limitations by introducing an innovative neuromodulation technique, which involves the integration of gait-focused closed-loop transcranial electrical stimulation. This approach has yielded noteworthy improvements in gait for patients with a range of neurological disorders, including PD.

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