Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s disease.
The research, shows people with Parkinson’s who were given the oral drug rivastigmine were 45% less likely to fall and were considerably steadier when walking, compared to those on the placebo.
Dr Emily Henderson, the principal researcher on the study says the discovery takes us a step closer to improving the quality of life and finding better treatments for people with Parkinson’s.
Four in ten people with Parkinson's disease here in the West have been denied access to vital medicine in hospitals, that's according to one charity.
Sufferers need to take up to 15 tablets a day at specific times and Parkinson's UK says hospitals have become "one of the scariest places to be" as they won't allow patients to take the drugs when they need to.
The family of a man from Redruth who had Parkinson's disease have joined a national campaign for sufferers to get better treatment in hospitals.
John Rogers suffered from the illness for 20 years. It's claimed he was denied regular access to medication while in hospital in Truro.
A pioneering procedure which could stop Parkinson's disease is being trialled at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol.
Doctors are installing a port behind the ear so they can directly inject a protein into the brain.
The trial is looking for 36 people with Parkinsons, who live locally, to take part.
Dr Alan Whone is a neurologist at Frenchay Hospital. He hopes the treatment could halt or slow down the progression of disease and improve the symptoms.
An appeal's gone out for people with Parkinson's from across Bristol to take part in a new trial that could help develop an important new treatment.
The trial is being conducted by a team of researchers at Frenchay Hospital. If successful, it could help improve symptoms and slow down the spread of the condition.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital is to take part in research to help find a cure for Parkinson's. The charity, Parkinson's UK, wants to recruit volunteers across the UK and the Truro hospital will be one of the centres involved. The £1.6m study aims to identify early signs of the disease