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The Importance of Sleep

Logan Schneider, MD

March/April 2019—Sleep has a critical role in brain health and is an essential part of improving neurologic care for all of our patients.

Sleep & Neurodegenerative Disease

Raman K. Malhotra, MD

March/April 2019—Sleep problems are common and treatable in neurodegenerative disorders, and may also be a treatable risk factor and early biomarker.

Movement Disorders Moment: Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder

Ahmad Alsibai, MD; and Jill M. Giordano Farmer, DO

March/April 2019—This sleep disorder is a strong predictor for the development of synucleinopathies, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, and dementia with Lewy bodies.

First Patient Enrolled in Phase 3 Study of Troriluzole for Spinocerebellar Ataxia

Friday, March 15, 2019—The first patient has been enrolled in a phase 3 study (NCT03701399) of troriluzole (Biohaven, New Haven, CT) to treat spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). The primary outcome measur…

Motor Function in Persons with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Predictive of Conversion to Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, March 05, 2019—In a large multicenter study of 1,280 patients diagnosed with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD), published in Brain, patients’ scores on motor …

Verdiperstat, a Potential Treatment for Multiple System Atrophy, Granted Orphan Drug Status

Wednesday, February 20, 2019—The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug status to verdiperstat (BHV-3241; Biohaven Pharmaceutical, New Haven, CT). Verdiperstat is a novel brain-penetrant mye…

Parkinson’s Foundation Hosting Conference on Use of Medical Marijuana

Thursday, February 14, 2019—On March 6-7, in Denver, CO, The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its first conference focused on the use of medical marijuana as potential therapy for patients with Par…

Wearable Device Provides Data for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, February 06, 2019—A study to be published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and made available in prepress form shows that a wearable device (Personal KinetiGraph, Global Ki…


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