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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.

127,000
people with Parkinson’s in the UK
70%
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

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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.

New trial for Parkinsons sufferers

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.

Frenchay Hospital Credit: PA

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