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Growing concern for missing man

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are growing concerned about the welfare of a 60-year-old man from South Gloucestershire.

John Allinson left his home in Rangeworthy at 1.30pm on Tuesday 25 July and has not been seen since.

Officers say John has Parkinson's which can affect his ability to walk and may make him seem disorientated.

He’s described as:

  • White, 6ft tall, slim build with balding grey hair and glasses.
  • Last seen wearing a cream coloured Panama hat with a black ribbon around it, a navy blue long sleeve shirt and brown trousers.
  • He walks with a walking stick.

According to Avon and Somerset Police, John may have wandered into a neighbour's garden and people in the Rangeworthy area are being asked to check any outbuildings. Anyone who may see John is being asked to call 999.

Common dementia drug found to improve Parkinson’s symptoms

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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.

people with Parkinson’s in the UK
of people with Parkinson’s will fall at least once a year

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.

We already know rivastigmine works to treat dementia by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine. However, our study shows for the first time that it can also improve regularity of walking, speed, and balance. This is a real breakthrough in reducing the risk of falls for people with Parkinson’s.

– Dr Emily Henderson


Family of Parkinson's Disease sufferer join campaign

John Rogers suffered from Parkinson's disease for 20 years Credit: Family

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 trial to help Parkinsons sufferers

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.