3 New Things About Parkinson and Alzheimer

March 24, 2015
Alisa G. Woods, PhD

There’s a new app for tracking symptoms of Parkinson disease, Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases may share characteristics with mad cow disease, and a skin test may one day be used to detect both AD and PD.

More than 1 million persons in the United States have Parkinson disease (PD), and an estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer disease (AD), according to the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders.Research into causes and cures for these conditions is ongoing. See the slides that follow for details about these recent findings:
• A new iPhone app allows patients with PD to track their symptoms and share them with researchers studying the disease in real time.
• A researcher at the Scripps institute in Florida thinks that PD and AD spread like infections.
• Researchers in Mexico found that persons with AD or PD have raised levels of skin proteins associated with these diseases.